Builders backing our troops

Pictured: Al Sutton (in the car), Pam Sutton,Marina Johnson, Lesley Fowler, Peter McHugh, Ian Fowler, Dave Quince and Brian Johnson 

FMB Birmingham Business Group, which represents master builders in the area, has raised £5,000 for Troop Aid towards the purchase of a people carrier.

The presentation took place at the branch annual charity ball attended by more than 120 people and held at The Village Hotel, Solihull.

Troop Aid, based in Solihull, specialises in putting together “grab bags” for injured soldiers.

Many arrive back in the UK with only the clothes they have on.

Grab bags, which contain basic essentials such as clothes and toiletries, are currently being sent to the field hospital in Afghanistan, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham plus the Ministry of Defence hospital units in Plymouth, Portsmouth and Frimley Park in Camberley.

FMB Birmingham Business Group chairman Dave Quince said: “Troop Aid is our chosen charity for this year and a very deserving cause.

“It is so important that we support our Armed Forces putting their lives on the line for us.”

Ian Fowler, one of the organising committee, a partner at chartered surveyors and auctioneers CPBigwood, added: “The new vehicle will support Troop Aid’s efforts.

“Every grab bag costs about £25 and a lot of work goes in to making sure they get to deserving recipients as fast as possible.”

The money was raised through a number of events including last year’s ball and a clay pigeon shoot.

Troop Aid was founded in November 2006 by three ex-servicemen.

Many injured servicemen and women are air lifted into Birmingham Airport and transferred to the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.

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