Bexleyheath territorial army don gloves for charity
PUBLISHED: 12:32 10 December 2012
More than £45,000 was raised for charity Hound for Heroes by Bexleyheath's territorial army last week.
The 71 Yeomanry Signal Regiment held a boxing event between the army and the police as the culmination of a year-long fundraising campaign.
The charity provides specially-trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women in the armed forces.
Commanding officer Lt-Col Craig Sutherland said: “This money has ensured that we have generated enough money to support the through-life costs for two assistance dogs for Hounds for Heroes.
“It is a wonderful charity and a wonderful thing for us to do.”
Money was raised through ticket sales for the fight at the Wellington Barracks in central London - around 200 spectators attended - auctions, a champagne reception and dinner and the support of two major sponsors, Royal Canin and Natural Instinct.
Allen Parton, founder of the charity, was the guest of honour as the police team emerged victorious after a closely-fought contest.
He said: “What has been absolutely amazing and truly humbling is the unprecedented level of support the charity now receives from the troops.”