Soldiers’ festive gift

Soldiers’ festive gift

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THE EARLY Early Christmas Fair at Tedworth House in Tidworth in September raised a festive gift of £35,000 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Shoppers browsed stalls selling everything from cashmere to Christmas pudding, many attending the preview on Tuesday evening to get first dibs, before the fair on Wednesday.

Special guest was Captain Dave Henson of the Royal Engineers, who lost both legs when he triggered a booby trap, detonating an IED in Afghanistan in 2012. The charity was able to help Dave and his fiancé out in a heartwarming story that saw the couple use the fair’s marquee for their wedding the following Saturday.

Fair organiser Caroline Cary thanked the charity’s volunteers, shoppers and stallholders; sponsors General Dynamics, Aspire Defence and Wiltshire Life; and Help for Heroes for the use of the gardens at Tedworth House.

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