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