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Soldier will raise cash for charity

Darren Longstaff accepted a cheque on behalf of Help For Heroes from Rutherfords Managing Director Richard Rutherford.

Darren Longstaff accepted a cheque on behalf of Help For Heroes from Rutherfords Managing Director Richard Rutherford.

A soldier who suffered a serious arm injury in Afghanistan is getting back to full health, thanks to the help of a charity.

Lance Corporal Darren Longstaff, from Ashington, a member of the Fifth Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was injured while on a tour of Afghanistan in 2011.

The 27-year-old suffered a cut to his left arm while in Helmand Province, but it became seriously infected, killing off the muscle.

After 28 operations, both at a military hospital in the Midlands and at Wansbeck General Hospital, he is set to be formally medically discharged from the Army in November.

Rutherfords of Morpeth invited Help For Heroes to set up a trade stand selling merchandise earlier this year and also had collection tins and buckets in the store, and last week Darren accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity.

“The charity is helping me re-train for a new job and has supported me on the road back to full health,” he said.

“I leave the Army in November and it will be hard as it is all I’ve ever known, but I’ve had a lot of support from Help For Heroes.”

Darren is set to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for Help For Heroes, starting on September 23.

“It will take seven days to do it but hopefully it will be well worth it,” he said.

“We’ll have collection buckets so people will be able to give donations while I am walking.”

 

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