Help for Heroes BBQ in Cam to pull in crowds
A BARBECUE is being held in Cam to support a national charity helping those who have been wounded in Britain's current conflicts.
Serving soldiers are expected to make an appearance at the event on Saturday, August 31 to lend a hand and help raise funds for Help For Heroes.
Running from 10am to 2pm the event on the green on Phillimore Road will have a range of food supplied by Cam Family Butchers as well as music, face-painting and a raffle.
The music for the day is also being donated by Cam-based firm Doubletops Roadshow.
The event is being organised by Fiona Edwards who has become a keen supporter of the charity since her close friend Abby Pennington lost her son, Rifleman Martin Lamb, who died whilst serving in Afghanistan.
Rifleman Lamb was killed by an improvised explosive device while patrolling in Helmand province on June 5, 2011 and since then Ms Edwards has done all she can to help those still serving.
The mother-of-two from Fairmead sends out parcels to serving soldiers every week, containing items they are most likely to be missing from home including sweets and biscuits.
In December, with the help of Tesco supermarket in Cam, she sent off 82 parcels to soldiers missing Christmas with their families.
"This event is something I have wanted to do for a while, my brother served in the army for 24 years," she said.
"The sad thing is everyone knows people die or get hurt in the army but you expect it to be someone else, you never think it will be someone you know. We just want to help those that it does happen to."
Owner of the butchers, Mark Carr, said he was helping because his son-in-law Steven Lyon also serves with the 1 Rifles Battalion, as Rifleman Lamb had, and is currently on his third tour of Afghanistan.
"When you see what his family go through, you want to do something," he said.
"It’s trying to do something for the family. We have lots of customers who have family in the army so it affects everybody.
"It’s a charity that everyone feels strongly about. At the end of the day they are fighting for our country."
The event is looking for any companies that would like to get involved and donate something for the raffle or for auction.
For more information, call Fiona Edwards on 01453 547048 or 07775 725076.
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