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Army veteran's birthday gift for war heroes

By Kerry Wood, ChronicleLive

1439 days ago   Article ID# 700443
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LONDON, U K (ChronicleLive) - A FORMER soldier has shunned gifts from his loved-ones in favour of helping those fighting on the frontline.

It may have been more than 60 years ago but the time he spent with the Scots Guards battling in the Far East is a constant memory for Stan Young.

The 80-year-old said: “I see these young lads coming home from Afghanistan and it reminds me of what it was like being in the Army.

“I went in at 18, one of the original virgin soldiers, and I fought in Malaya after World War II until 1951.

“The overriding memory I have of the war was fear. We were 18 years old in jungles no man had walked in and we didn’t know what was going to happen.

“People died but we didn’t have to battle with these hidden explosive devices soldiers nowadays come up against.”

Wanting to give something back, Stan decided to mark his big birthday this month with a big donation.

Instead of presents he asked his family and friends for donations to Help for Heroes and was overwhelmed with the response.

Branded collection boxes were put out at Stan’s birthday bash at the Blucher Club in Newcastle.

Stan, a joiner by trade who lives in Lemington, Newcastle with wife Sandra, said: “We thought we might receive £200 but to get over £800 was amazing.

“This is the first time I’ve done anything like this but when I was thinking of a charity, Help for Heroes was the first cause I thought of because of the good work it does.”

The charity provides support to those soldiers wounded or killed in action.

Firefighter Brian Tinnion is a North East volunteer for the charity. He said: “Just in the last month alone more than 500 fundraising events have been registered for Help for Heroes and there is a huge amount of support for soldiers in the North East.

“What Stan and his family have achieved is fantastic.”

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Updated 1439 days ago   Article ID# 700443

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