Chart-topping trio call on soldier colleagues to sing

Chart stars The Soldiers handed more than £250,000 to Forces charities yesterday – then gave serving troops in Afghanistan a shot at the charts.

The trio, all serving soldiers, raised the money through sales of their debut release and a sell-out UK tour.

Now they are inviting servicemen and women based in Helmand province to add their voices to two tracks for their next album, due in October.

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BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) Radio has already put the word out to soldiers stationed at Camp Bastion inviting them to sing on new track I Will Carry You, a song dedicated to soldiers who risk their lives each day.

They will also feature on a cover of the Rod Stewart hit You're In My Heart.

The group – Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi, Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Sergeant Major Gary Chilton – handed over 271,000 to the Army Benevolent Fund, the Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes charities at Kneller Hall in Twickenham, south west London.