Donations from two Kelso organisations have helped the local branch of military veterans charity Help for Heroes (H4H) reach its 2014 target.
The £10,000 target was finally reached after generous donations from the Kelso Wheelers cycling club and Kelso Laddies Association.
Last month the two organistions presented cheques totalling £1,200 at an event in the town’s Royal British Legion clubrooms.
Scott Forbes, on behalf of the Kelso Laddies, presented a cheque for £600 and Ben Simpson, on behalf of Kelso Wheelers, handed over a cheque that brought their overall donation to £680.
The cheques were accepted by Ian Aitchison of Stichill, who is a H4H volunteer and an officer in the Royal Navy Reserve, and who recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
H4H Scottish Borders Coordinator, Matt Maynard, told The Southern this week: “These donations are extraordinary and I am genuinely humbled that The Wheelers, The Laddies and so many other people around the Borders have donated so generously to H4H this year.
“Only a fortnight ago the mission in Afghanistan effectively came to an end so people may very reasonably ask what charities like H4H are now for? The answer is simple.
“Our latest research shows that out of the 220,000 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, up to 75,000 will have physical or mental injuries.
“Many of them are young men with their whole lives in front of them – 70 or 80 years of care – in addition to the need to support their families. The real work starts here.”
If anyone wants to support H4H, please visit: www.helpforheroes.org.uk