Bag-packing soldiers raise over £1,600 for disabled veterans

On Monday 5 December, 16 soldiers from the 12 Regiment Royal Artillery at Thorney Island took on bag packing roles for the day in Tesco, Havant to raise money for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH).

The Worthing-based charity has provided care and rehabilitation services, such as 24-hour nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, to disabled ex-Servicemen and women since 1919.

The Royal Artillery soldiers, who are long-term supporters of the charity, go to QAHH regularly to visit the veterans who live at the Hospital Home.

Staff Sgt Vance Walker, who devised this initiative, said, “We see first-hand the excellent facilities at The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home and the amazing care that the dedicated staff provide to our veterans, many of whom have brain or spinal injuries. We took on a sponsored static-bike ride in this Tesco store earlier in the year, which proved to be a great success; so we thought we’d try something a bit different this time.”

Samantha Stokes, QAHH Events and Community Fundraising Officer, said, “What the soldiers are doing to support our veterans is fantastic and we really appreciate their kind support. QAHH receives no Government funding and this year we have to raise over £1.3 million. We are so grateful that serving soldiers are helping our veterans, who have given so much for our country and now need our help.