A VETERANS’ charity got a boost thanks to customers at an Old Town café.

A series of raffle nights at Dotty’s Café on Devizes Road raised £460 for the Veterans Charity, which advertises itself as offering immediate support for former servicemen and women facing difficulties. Support ranges from emergency food supplies to a new washing machine.

Dotty’s owner Graham Rowcliffe, who spent more than 13 years in the Royal Corps of Transport, said: “There are ex-servicemen and women living in dire hardship. I was so impressed by how the charity reacted immediately to veterans. There’s no red tape, no politics, just support. I felt we needed to do something.”

The café hosted four raffle evenings, with prizes donated by Dotty’s suppliers. Everyone who purchased a raffle ticket got a prize of some kind.

Veterans Charity fundraiser Roy Bailey, who served with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, said the cash would help the organisation help veterans through tough times: “Whatever their needs, if the charity can meet them we will. It may be finding somewhere to live. It may be some furniture.”

For more, visit: www.veteranscharity.org.uk.