Wakefield mums team up to help heroes

Your country needs you! More importantly, our soldiers need your cash.'Yorkshire Weekly News Group's Jo Meecham with Help for Heroes collection tin.'w6174a134'Picture: Andrew Bellis.
Your country needs you! More importantly, our soldiers need your cash.'Yorkshire Weekly News Group's Jo Meecham with Help for Heroes collection tin.'w6174a134'Picture: Andrew Bellis.

TWO mums whose children served in the army have teamed up to try to raise £2,000 for Help for Heroes.

Joanne Meecham, whose 24-year-old son Joe served in Iraq and Afghanistan during his six years in the forces, will be joined by veteran fundraiser Elaine Bevan, of Sandal, collecting spare change from shoppers at Asda in Durkar.

Mrs Bevan’s daughter is currently serving with the Royal Veterinary Corps.

And Mrs Bevan has previously fundraised for the forces’ charity but it is the first event Mrs Meechan, 47, has co-ordinated.

Mrs Meecham said: “It’s a charity that is very close to my heart, and one that seems to strike a chord with many people.

“When Joe first joined the Army there wasn’t the same amount of awareness about the needs of soldiers when they leave the forces, but now it seems to have really entered the public consciousness.”

Collections will be made at Asda today and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

As well as collecting donations with their team of volunteers, with many offering to help after seeing a piece in the Express, they will also have a selection of Help for Heroes merchandise on sale.

Mrs Meecham said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of people who have been in touch wanting to help.

“I have no idea how much we could raise but I would love to reach £2,000. Help for Heroes do such amazing work it would be fantastic to hand over such a large amount.”