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Generosity of Carrickfergus community praised as charity raises funds for veterans at Christmas

Army veterans on parade in Carrickfergus have carried out their first December collection to aid soldiers, former soldiers and army families in times of need throughout the year.

David Forsey, Director of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity (NI) and Royal Irish Regiment Veteran and Charity Briefing Officer, Irwin Edgar.

A bumper total of £1135 was raised following the event in the town last week.

David Forsey, Director of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity (NI) said: “We always love coming to Carrickfergus; people are always so generous here.”

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Royal Irish Regiment Veteran and Charity Briefing Officer, Irwin Edgar was a key member of the team. “There’s always a cold sea wind at this time of the year, but several local people brought us hot coffee and snacks, which was very kind and typical of them,” he said.

Meanwhile, the charity’s fundraising is continuing through the festive season.

During December, they will be selling military pin badges depicting a soldier and wolfhound to raise money to support veterans in need at Christmas.

Badges are £5 each and can be obtained by calling 02892 678112 or by email [email protected]