Heroes welcome at charity race day

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Catterick Racecourse will open its gates to the military community and welcome service personnel and their families to an afternoon meeting tomorrow.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity will be raising much-needed funds and awareness with the help of charity ambassadors Andy Reid, formerly of 3 Yorks, and Sgt Gary Jamieson, of 1st Battalion, The Scots Guards.

Both ambassadors are now triple amputees following IED explosions during service in Afghanistan. The two ambassadors will be joined by fellow injured soldiers Mark Harding, formerly of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, ex-Fusilier Martyn Gibbons and Sapper Jack Holmes, as well as their families.

Gates for the afternoon’s racing open at 12pm, with the first race at 2.15pm. There will be a number of attractions during the day, including field sports for children.

Jim Duffy, liaison officer for The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “Tickets are only £15 and are free for serving personnel but must be booked in advance. Please call 01748 874 127 or email northeast@soldierscharity.org to get your free ticket.”

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the Army’s national charity since 1944 – supports thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families.