Young farmers auction of promises boosts war veteran’s walk again appeal
Getting up early to milk cows and sheep shearing were among the popular lots at an auction of promises to help an amputee ex-soldier walk again.
The fundraiser by Slaidburn Young Farmers for veterans’ charity Woundcare4heroes and the Michael Clough Walk Again Appeal took place in the village hall.
In total, the big-hearted youngsters raised nearly £6,000 with proceeds split between Woundcare4heroes and McMillan Cancer Support, their two chosen charities for 2017.
A promise by three lads to do housework wearing Marigolds raised the most laughs on the night. Other promises included home-made cakes and food hampers.
Earlier this month (February) William Whitaker, 15, presented Michael with a cheque for £2,925 on behalf of Slaidburn Young Farmers at a fundraiser at Ossett Town Association Football Club.
Claire Stephens, chief executive of Woundcare4heroes, said: “We are really proud to be supported by Young Farmers and particularly impressed by William who is demonstrating a commitment to helping others at such a young age.”
William’s mum, Justine Whitaker, a consultant nurse who runs Northern Lymphology Clinic, has helped care for the ex-soldier post-amputation. Mrs Whitaker separately raised £530 in donations from her patients.
Michael, 36, who served in Second Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, seriously fractured his leg in a parachute training exercise in Cyprus in 2012. After three years and multiple surgeries, his left leg was amputated above the knee.
The ex-soldier, who served in Afghanistan, is aiming to raise £72,000 so he can fly to Australia for a bone-implanted prosthetic not available on the NHS.
Woundcare4heroes, a specialist veterans’ charity has provided one-to-one clinical care and support for Michael and is spearheading his fundraising appeal.
To donate and read more about the Michael’s Walk Again Appeal http://www.woundcare4heroes.org.uk/campaigns/michael-walk-again-appeal