Friday, 16 April 2010

Local Soldier Raises Money for Wounded Comrades

A local man, and member of the Serving Soldiers Helping Heroes team, has raised a staggering 3,700 for Help for Heroes by holding a glittering black tie event in Chester.

Organised by Gregg McLeod for the charity H4H (Help for Heroes), all proceeds from the event go to provide practical and direct support to our wounded soldiers and servicemen.

A soldier himself, Gregg was commissioned from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2005. He has completed two operational tours of Afghanistan and received two citations for bravery.

The ticketed event held at Doubletree by Hilton Chester welcomed 190 guests ranging from local businesses, family and friends of the charity, and several serving officers and soldiers.

Gregg McLeod has been involved with Help for Heroes in one capacity or another for two years. Following a marathon and a half for H4H in January, Gregg decided to raise the stakes and hold a big event.

Gregg says:

"It is all too often you hear in the media about the deaths of our young service men and women; yet we rarely hear about those who survive with horrific, life-altering injuries. Having witnessed it too many times I want to do something to help support them and there is no better way than Help for Heroes.

"The team at Doubletree Chester were great and really helped us to pull it all together before the day and at the event itself.

"It's great to receive support from local businesses for the charity, which does such good and necessary work. In June this year the Serving Soldiers Helping Heroes Team are competing in the H4H European rally and I hope we can get even more support from Chester locals."

The evening was a spectacular way to raise money with a red carpet arrival to the ballroom, three-course dinner, casino and singer. A cartoonist, chocolate fountain and surf simulator also ensured that a great time was had by all guests whilst raising badly needed money.

A charity auction was held following the meal with prizes donated from local businesses including a slap up meal for two in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar and Grill at Doubletree by Hilton Chester.

Clare Bebb, Marketing Manager at Doubletree Chester said:

"We are honoured to have the Serving Soldiers Helping Heroes event held here at Doubletree by Hilton Chester.

"The work that they do is vital and we will endeavour to help them in any way that we can in the future."

Money is still coming in following the event and Gregg hopes to reach the 4,000 mark. The cash will be used to support the service men and women wounded in the line of duty in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can support the team and Help for Heroes at: www.justgiving.com/H4H-Euro-Rally-2010

For further information about Help for Heroes and upcoming events visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk.

For further information on Doubletree by Hilton Chester visit www.hilton.co.uk/chester.

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