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Leek Army Cadets to take part in Tattoo event

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Cadets from Leek are set to perform at Kings Hall in Stoke.

Cadets from Leek are set to perform at Kings Hall in Stoke.

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Leek Army Cadets will be taking part in a large-scale fund-raiser this weekend.

A Military Tattoo in aid of the ABF The Soldiers' Charity will take place on Saturday, May 10, at the Kings Hall in Stoke.

The concert, which will include performances by the Military Wives Choir and the Band of the Mercian Regiment, will also mark the First World War centenary by featuring songs from the era.

Event co-ordinator Mike Frewer, from Lask Edge, is hoping the event will help the charity's local branch raise some much needed cash.

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The 64-year-old said: "Events like this are absolutely critical for raising funds. We are trying to bridge a funding gap as North Staffordshire is one of the country's major Army recruiting areas.

"As such there are large numbers of people who have served over the years and so there is a greater proportion we need to help.

"The event has grown each year. More and more people keep coming so we would like this to be a record year for numbers."

Last year the West Midlands branch of ABF The Soldiers' Charity handed out grants totalling £31,000 to 50 veterans and around £12,000 to 10 serving soldiers from Staffordshire.

Grants can be handed over for a variety of purposes, such as home disability adaptations, training and education or debt relief.

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Richard Hackett, regional director for the West Midlands branch, said the charity was always on the lookout for volunteers to help raise money. He said: "We are here to help soldiers and their families in times of need.

"We also work closely with more than 80 military charities to enable them to provide the technical support soldiers need.

"This charity, which is a safety net for our soldiers, is hugely important. Over the years, our role has changed and we now help more than 6,000 individuals across the country.

"Events like the Military Tattoo are vital as we are totally financed through volunteers donating and raising funds."

The Leek Army Cadets group, which started its own Drum Corps four years ago, will be joining in on the event.

Tickets for the Military Tattoo are priced at £10 each and are available from Music Mania, on Piccadilly Arcade in Hanley, or alternatively call 01782 206000.

For VIP tickets including supper, which are £30 each, or to volunteer for the charity, email Richard Hackett at westmidlands@soldierscharity.org

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