Special fundraising weekend for war hero Craig

CREWE United held a weekend of fundraising events last weekend for Rifleman Craig Wood, a member of 2nd Battalion The Rifles, the Northern Ireland based battle group.

Craig, from Doncaster, who went to Afghanistan just three days after his 18th birthday in July 2009, lost both legs and much of his left arm in an explosion in the Helmand province.

On Friday evening a reception for Craig, his fiance Vicky Swales, his parents Leslie and Paul and his brother Jason was held in Park Plaza (at Belfast International Airport).

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Then on Saturday evening a team of Irish International legends and Irish League Stars rolled back the years as they took on Crewe United Legends during a Charity football match at Crewe's ground in Glenavy in support of their young hero.

The match was followed by a buffet and entertainment in the clubhouse.

The Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman Paul Porter, speaking afterwards, said it was 'a privilege' to be part of the event.

Congratulating the organisers, Mr Porter said: "It was an honour to meet Rifleman Craig Wood with his family and I cannot thank him enough for his dedication to protect the lives of others.

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"One of the themes that I will be supporting during my Mayoral Term is the Armed Forces.

"I believe it is very important to show support and recognition for all our service personnel from currently serving troops to service families and from veteran to cadets.

"Rifleman Wood is an exemplary soldier who unfortunately was injured in the line of duty in Afghanistan and I was humbled to meet with him and see firsthand the bravery he displays on a daily basis."