Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Afghan Heroes: A mother's legacy

The mothers of eight soldiers who were all killed in Afghanistan over two grim days in July, have joined forces to launch a new charity, Afghan Heroes, aimed at supporting UK servicemen and women serving in Afghanistan and at helping bereaved familes.

The launch statement says:

"The mother of a soldier who died in an explosion in Afghanistan in July has today (September 15, 2009) set up a charity to provide support for those directly involved in the conflict.

"In the same 24 hours in July eight servicemen in Afghanistan were lost and their mothers today joined together to launch Afghan Heroes.

"The charity aims to help the families of those who have fallen as well as providing support for those on the front line and returning service personnel who have witnessed the horrific losses of their fellow brothers.

"With more than 210 deaths in Afghanistan among British troops Denise Harris from Somerset, whose son Corporal Lee Scott lost his life while taking part in Operation Panther's Claw in Helmand Province, believes the time has come for a specialist charity to support soldiers and their families affected by events in Afghanistan."

The new organisation intends:
  • to support all our service personnel operating in theatre in Afghanistan;
  • to provide the much needed “home comfort“ supplies and gifts to those service personnel;
  • to promote and embrace a new initiative “Thank A Soldier” to ensure our soldiers know they are not alone;
  • to set up support and regional network groups for the families of the fallen and to organise charity events so they can come together.

In its support for returning soldiers, Afghan Heroes will

  • provide emotional, psychological help through support groups for all returning soldiers and families of the fallen;
  • help with vocational training, including: IT equipment, computers and printers;
  • assist other minor charities in their work; and
  • create a lasting legacy in support of our operations in Afghanistan.

Good luck to all involved in such a good cause!

Afghan Heroes: a chairty supporting British forces in Afghanistan
The Sun: Soldiers' mums launch charity