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MTA diners raise £5,570 for Fallen Fusiliers

MTA diners raise £5,570 for Fallen Fusiliers

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 24 February 2014

Donations by diners at the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s Annual Dinner on 6 February raised a total of £5,570 for Fallen Fusiliers - the Fusilier Aid Society, the MTA President’s charity.

Major Lee Bott TD Retd. Royal Regiment of Fusiliers said:  'Once again the MTA has been kind enough to support the Fusilier Aid Society with such a wonderful donation. It has been a year where our Regiment has been deployed on operations resulting again in immediate need for those wounded and those paying the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for their country. This year we have been further reminded that the threat is ever present with the loss of Drummer Rigby on the streets of London. Support such as this is humbling, but also serves to reconfirm that the job our soldiers do past and present is appreciated. Thank you all.'

MTA President Mark Ridgway OBE, DL said: 'I would like to thank everyone who donated to the Fusilier Aid Society collection at the MTA’s Annual Dinner. The charity works extremely hard for serving and past members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the demands on its resources have been heavy in recent years. I am sure that the generous contributions that the MTA members have made to the work of the Society will be very much appreciated.'

The Fusilier Aid Society also supports those Fusiliers who have fallen on hard times, many of whom are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Society does this by making grants for the benefit of individuals, which are generally disbursed by SSAFA or The Royal British Legion.

In all the operations the Regiment has been engaged in over the past 40 years, it is those that have been killed that have made the headlines. For every soldier killed, however, there are at least five wounded, many with life changing injuries. These soldiers, and their families, will need help for the rest of their lives. Income from the fund, as well as donations, helps to support this work.

All the money the Society raises is used for benevolence, as it has virtually no overheads. The demands on the Society’s funds are ever increasing as the long years of war and other operational deployments take their toll.

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