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Heroes' ball gets Cameron's praise
9:40am Monday 25th June 2012 in News
A FUNDRAISING ball for Help For Heroes has received the official seal of approval after David Cameron wrote to offer his support.
The Prime Minister sent a letter to organisers Colin and Nicki Jackson, of Covingham, giving his backing to the event and the charity.
The ball, which is in its second year, takes place next month and will be addressed by the charity’s founders, Bryn and Emma Parry.
Colin, a former serviceman, decided to do his bit after many of his comrades were killed or injured.
Mr Cameron wrote: “I know that Bryn and Emma will be very honoured to attend the Charity Ball and will be very modest in their achievements.
“They are a truly formidable team and have made Help For Heroes a household name.
“However, I think they will be equally appreciative of all those who have made it such a success.
“From individuals such as you, a former serviceman, who has chosen to organise an auction ball in support of your injured colleagues, through to individuals up and down the country undertaking inspirational challenges to help such a deserving and special group of people.”
This year’s event looks set to be a sell-out, with just eight tickets left.
A huge array of prizes for the auction will also help raise funds.
Mr Cameron wrote: “Please accept my, and Samantha’s, best wishes for your charity auction ball.
“We are sure it will be a resounding success and we both hope that all who are attending the ball have a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”
The letter, signed by Mr Cameron came as a surprise to the Jacksons.
Colin, 37, now plans to read the message in full out at the ball.
“We had written to the Prime Minister asking him to support the event and the charity, but didn’t really expect a reply,” he said.
“My wife was quite excited when she picked up the letter with the official stamp.
“It was a nice surprise as the Prime Minister must get lots of letters from people supporting good causes.
“It was good he thanked not just Bryn and Emma but also the general public for supporting the event.
“I’ve had a mixed reaction from friends, as not all of them agree with the Government’s policies towards the Armed Forces, but it is great to have something to support the work Heroes is doing.”
The ball takes place on July 7 at the De Vere Village hotel. Tickets cost £40.
Colin, who works for the Ministry of Defence, and Nicki have organised a three-course meal, music and an auction and raffle.
Heroes patron Major Peter Norton GC, a serving officer in the Royal Logistics Corps, will also give a speech.
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