Mum fundraising while son is away

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A mother whose son has just returned from serving in Afghanistan is raising money for an association that helps families of injured soldiers.

Hayley Orange, from Bedlington, has been raising £1,100 for the Royal Marines Association while her son Sean Mullick has been serving in the Middle East.

Twenty-one-year-old Sean, who is a serving Royal Marine with Charlie Company 40 Commando Royal Marines based at Taunton in Somerset, has just come back from a seven-month tour of Afghanistan.

Hayley said: “I have been fundraising while my son has been away at my local social club in Bedlington Station, and the District Working Men’s Social Club in Bedlington, by running weekly domino cards and also by placing charity coin boxes on the bar areas, and holding a charity table in the foyer of Asda in Blyth.

“I wanted to raise money for the Royal Marines Associaton as they help support serving Royal Marines, veterans and their families who are in need, and also provide friendship and help to bereaved families.

“They provide a ready source of wise counsel and friendship to these young men while training.

Sean has been a Royal Marine for more than three years since leaving Bedlington High School.

This week he will take part in a homecoming march and medals parade through Taunton.