Fundraiser asks Manchester to dig deep to reach ‘New Year’s Resolution’ of raising £10K for injured war veterans

By Jon Robinson

Giving up smoking, losing weight or banning sweets are the usual New Year’s resolutions. But one North West man set himself the New Year’s target of raising £10,000 for charity – and is now appealing to Mancunians to dig deep and help him achieve his goal, as he is only £2,500 off.

Andrew Bell, 25, from Delamere Forest, has already raised £7,500 for Help for Heroes, but wants to encourage people to help him hit his December target.

The University of Chester student, who does not have any immediate family in the armed forces, has been holding raffles, tombola’s and table top sales to reach his current total.

Mr Bell said: “I believe that Help for Heroes does a truly amazing and fantastic job in making sure our injured service men and women get the best treatment and care that they deserve.

“In addition they enable members of the general public to help give their thanks to those who serve and to also help the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

All the money which raised will be donated through the BMYCHARITY and will then go towards Help for Heroes’ next project in association with the Royal British Legion.

The intrepid charity worker is planning to raise the extra cash through table top sales and through people donating to the cause via his BMYCHARITY fundraising page.

He added: “I am a person who wants people to help support the armed forces as much as possible and to get involved in any events and fundraising activities organised by organisations such as Help for Heroes and the Royal British legion.

“Despite my hearing loss I really want to be able to give something back to those individuals who are a lot more courageous and brave than me, and to show my appreciation for the sacrifices the Armed Forces make in protecting our country.”

Mr Bell also is involved in a number of locally based projects with companies such as the Forestry Commission and has completed over 500 hours service for them as a volunteer.

He has previously fundraised for Help for Heroes and in 2010 he decided to do something for them after seeing an advert on television and wanted to give something back.

Following a Christmas table sale, he raised just over £100 and in 2011, he raised over £1,000 after a summer campaign.

His initial target for the end of this year was £4,000 and achieved this in July.

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