Soldiers get sweet treats thanks to fundraising efforts
Recovering soldiers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have benefitted from hundreds of pounds worth of sweet treats thanks to the fundraising efforts of a housing scheme.
Residents and staff from Handyside Court, one of our extra care housing schemes in Derby, travelled to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine to present the chocolates and sweets to the soldiers on Wednesday (January 20).
The fundraising was inspired by Handyside Court resident Sue Preston, whose son Darren tragically took his own life in 2014 after serving in the army for 13 years and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Handyside Court manager, Lesley Cameron, said: “We wanted our fundraising to go towards a cause which meant something to all of us so we’re delighted to be able to make a donation to the soldiers at the QE.
“Our soldiers are inspirational and we wanted to do something positive to recognise their work and just try and put a smile on their faces.
“Sue and the residents raised hundreds of pounds and we were also given some kind donations so in the end we had bags full of chocolates to take with us.
“We’re so pleased to be able to make even a small difference.”
Sue Preston now works closely with Derby charity Me & Dee, which offers holidays to soldiers and ex-servicemen who have sustained serious injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The charity’s co-founder Karl Hinnett was treated at the QE after suffering serious burns when he was just 18 after serving in Afghanistan.
Sue said: “It is great to be able to make a contribution and know just how important little things like this can be to someone who is recovering.
“Since Darren passed away I’ve worked a lot with Me & Dee and it’s great to be able to do something so positive in memory of Darren and also to make a difference to a cause so close to the charity’s heart.”
Pictured: Back l to r - Dee Binnion, Pat Halls, Frank Preston and Lesley Cameron. Front - Major Warren Brennan and Sue Preston