Ex-Ranger attends service

BANBRIDGE High School was honoured to have veteran Andy Allen, ex Royal Irish Ranger, in attendance, at their service of Remembrance on Thursday October 8.

He was accompanied by Mr Stephen Morgan who had also served in the armed forces and sustained injury.

Andy, who lost both legs and is partially sighted following an IED (improvised Explosion Devise) attack on his patrol in Afghanistan over four years ago, has established a Charity, AA Veterans Support NI.

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The aim of the Charity is to raise funds to provide much needed help and financial support for veterans and their families across N. Ireland.

Andy, who is now walking on prosthetic limbs, has abseiled down the Europa and is planning a tandem parachute jump early next year for the charity.

All monies raised by his charity stays in N. Ireland.

Pupils interviewed Andy on his experiences in Afghanistan and how he has coped with his disability. They found him an inspiration.

Banbridge High School’s History Department are planning a bag packing event in Tesco’s in December to help raise funds for AA Veterans Support and Andy being Andy says he will be there!

Further information can be found at www.aavsni.com