Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere. Plagiarised from another service forum. Spread the word: ======== TROOP AID - WELFARE SUPPORT Who are we? TROOP AID was set up in November 2006 as a voluntary service to provide essential personal items to our service personnel who have been injured in battle in the present Middle East conflict by Ray Warren, Derek Joss and Capt Al Sutton after their visit to Selly Oak Hospitalâ€™s Alexander Wing in Birmingham, based here with the Defence Medical Welfare Services. They are responsible for the welfare of all troops male or female who have been injured; some seriously during conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan and flown to the UK to expert medical attention. What are we doing? When troops return from battle to the UK from the war zones they arrive in the kit they are injured in. That is combat kit, boots etc. They do not have any civilian clothing to wear and no money to buy essential personal items, or civilian clothing. The aim of TROOP AID is to supply these basic essentials required when they return to the UK injured from serving their country. Examples are: Kit bags, full shaving kit, pair of trainers, socks, underwear, tracksuits and a warm clothing. We also supply videos, dvds, books, games and confectionery which includes chocolate, crisps, biscuits etc. No furnished facilities have been made available for the rooms provided for family visitors wishing to stay overnight during their hospital visit to be near their loved ones. We have provided basic furniture for these rooms. Where are we doing it? At the moment we deal directly with Selly Oak Alexander Wing at Selly Oak and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham We have also sent items to TELIC9 field hospital in Iraq, and to Frimley Park. How are we doing it? We obtain all our money by fundraising and donations. Contributions so far have been given by The Royal British Legion Club Knowle, Branch, and womenâ€™s Section. Solihull Royal British Legion Branch Club, MC Sports Acocks Green, Cadburyâ€™s, BHS, Marks and Spencer and Blue Monkey. We have also been sent donations from members of the public who have heard about the problems. We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support so far in this venture. With continued support we will be able to give our Troops the basic essentials that they deserve. To date we have spent Â£5364.85 on goods with a retail value of Â£26,824.25p. Why are we doing it? We understand that everyone who joins the forces may one day go to war and fight for their country. But we believe that when injured troops return home they should be cared for much better than they are. No military hospitals in the UK are deployed and operational. At both the Birmingham hospitals, the 8000 troops so far injured in the Middle East conflict receive the very best of medical care . However NHS Hospitals are not Military Hospitals and soldiers are not civilians. The ladies from Defence Medical Welfare do a fantastic job, working very long hours and are in contact with us 24 Hours a day 7 Days a week.. If they require anything we do our best to purchase and supply these items within 48hrs. We will continue to help the troops returning from conflict for as long as possible but we cannot continue to do this without donations and some more assistance. How can I help? If you would like to make a donation, provide equipment or offer physical assistance please contact: Ray Warren 41 Hampton Road Knowle Solihull West Midlands B93 0NR If you wish to make contact phone Ray Warren on: 01564 730 141 or Al Sutton on 0121 711 3028. Cheques should be made out to: â€œTROOP AIDâ€ All donations gratefully received and faithfully applied. Goods supplied to date: T-Shirts/Polo shirts Hooded sweatshirts Track-suit bottoms Shorts Boxer shorts and socks Trainers Fleece jackets Water proof coats Rucksacks Kit bags Full shaving kits Hair clippers Nail clippers Plug adapters Bed frames Duvet covers and pillow cases Wardrobes Cabinets Chest of drawers Mobile fans Waste bins Electrical equipment: DVD players, MP3 players, etc. Confectionery: sweets, crisps, chocolate biscuits, drinks, etc.