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On the evening of Sunday 20th November 2011 I was on the phone to my parents, catching up on the weeks events and my Mum had a knock at the door.

That was most unusual at that time of night. My mum mentioned that she always worriedevery time the phone or doorbell rang, especially whilst Tim was awayin Afghanistan.

As such my mum went to get the door and said she would call me back...

For those of you that dont know, Tim, is my younger brother and is a
Infantry soldier with with the Princess of Wales regiment.

20 minutes passed by and still no call back. So i picked up the phone
and called my parents. Mum answered, struggled to speak and passed the
phone to Dad. Dad bthen tried to explain that the knock at the door
was from 2 army officers and that Tim had been involved in an explosion,
was injured and then, Dad started to loose his composure and passed
me over to one of the officers.

The officer then explained to me that Tim had been injured as a result
of one of his colleagues stepping on a improvised explosive device,
was stable but had fragmentation impailed into both legs, his right arm
and his neck and were awaiting further reports. That was all the news
they could share...

I then had to call my elder brother and younger sister to update them on the news.

Throughout the evening we were waiting for updates and still had
no further news. I then had a call from my parents explaining that
they have heard about Tim and he will be flown back into Selly Oak
hospital to undergo an operation.

Today is Wednesday and we now have a little further news. We know that Tim was part of a patrol with a number of brave soldiers and one is sadly no longer with us anymore. We know that Tim  will arrive into Selly Oak this Friday for a very serious operation. Only at that point will we then know the extent of both his cosmetic and physical injuries.

If you have read this far then you quite clearly care about these brave soldiers and are probably wondering why I am sharing it with you?

I know that our forces have chosen to be there, get great satisfaction from their jobs and I expect, fully understand the risks.

However, what I am sure you also consider is that nobody signs up
expecting to get hurt and the harsh reality is that this war (that I
still dont quite understand) is causing immense suffering for many.

Now i would like to do a little something to help and our family have
been proud supporters of a charity called Help for heroes for some time.

All I have to give is myself, my skills and my knowledge and would like to gift what I can in order to raise funds for this great charity.

If you are open to helping us to support this exceptional charity then please dig deep and give what you can.
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I really appreciate your consideration of this situation and thank
each of you for the support you have given us to date. I wait in
anticipation of seeing my brother on Friday and understanding what
happens next.

Thank you for reading this email and understanding this difficult
time for all of my family.  

Kind regards

Phil

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Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes

Charity Registration No. 1120920

Help for Heroes supports our wounded. Help for Heroes provides practical direct support to those servicemen and women wounded in the line of duty in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Had the privilege of meeting Lesley and Katie- its a pleasure to support you as a whole family-hoping your recovery continues sending you all much love Karin Golbourn and family xxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 06/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

A kind and thoughtful donation from Littlebrooks nursery. Money was raised by donations as the children and staff wore red for Remembrance Day :-)

Donation by Littlebrooks nursery on 12/11/12

£46.00

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Good luck, Philip, and well done with the fund-raising. Viv and Brian, friends of Leigh and Jeremy

Donation by Vivienne Pollock on 24/03/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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With lots of love from Jessica xxx (Hannah Robinson's sister)

Donation by Jessica Robinson on 09/03/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Wishing you a speedy recovery Tim. From Helen & Julian Francks, Ron & Dot Glass (Relatives of Leigh & Jeremy Robinson) xxxx

Donation by Helen Francks on 09/03/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Phil for smashing your goal. I am so proud of our soldiers who risk life and limb, this is such a good cause.

Donation by Brad Field on 01/02/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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With kindest regards from the Directors of Norsk European Wholesale Ltd.

Donation by Nigel Meeking on 16/01/12

£1,000.00

+ £250.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by katie jones on 23/12/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Tim you are a true hero, hope you make a speedy recovery! thinking of you all x x

Donation by tina gill on 20/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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second donation fron Aaron Ashley

Donation by Anonymous on 19/12/11

£50.00

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Kindly donated by Penny Ferrister

Donation by Anonymous on 19/12/11

£50.00

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Hi Phil, So sorry you got injured but we are so proud of you all and the sacrifices you have made and wish you a speedy recovery xxxxxx Kay

Donation by Kay Pickard on 14/12/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hi Phil I work with your Mum I am thinking of you all I hope Tim keeps making progress x

Donation by Sharon Cherrington on 11/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

A real hero....wishing you a speedy recover Tim x

Donation by Caroline Reay on 09/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thinking of you and wishing you and your brother the very best outcome. Best wishes to you for a very happy Christmas too!

Donation by Stephanie Watson on 08/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Nicola Gardner on 07/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Get well soon Timbo! see ya on Sunday : )

Donation by Andrew Brenard on 07/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

I only know your Dad and Granddad, but our world is a much safer place with all our armed forces, wishing Tim a very speedy recovery

Donation by Deb and Val Nichols on 07/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Pleased to know the operation went well and we look forward to meeting Tim when he's feeling better. Love Grandima J and Grandidad A xx

Donation by ALAN CHADWICK on 03/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

wishing Tim a speedy recovery.

Donation by James Hill on 03/12/11

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Hoping for a speedy recovery.

Donation by Neil Bowler on 02/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thoughts & wishes for Tim & all the family.

Donation by Debi Zealey on 01/12/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

My son, Sam Alexander MC, died in an IED incident in Afghnistan in May. God bless you, Tim, and may you make a full recovery.

Donation by Serena Alexander on 01/12/11

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Thinking of you and hoping you make a full & speedy recovery. xxx

Donation by Samantha Cherry on 01/12/11

£35.00

+ £8.75 Gift Aid

all the best tim and hope you make speedy recovery. my son jason thurlow from Ccoy also sends his best wishes, ur a hero xxxx

Donation by llowes rovery on 30/11/11

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£5,464.16
  • Offline donations£717.70
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£6,181.86
  • Gift Aid£1,031.25

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