GEORGE Medal winner Matt Croucher has thrown his support behind the Help for Heroes fund-raiser that east Birmingham rugby club Yardley & District are staging at their Cole Hall Lane ground on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Royal Marine from Olton was decorated for gallantry after he threw himself on a Taliban booby-trapped grenade in the Helmand province of Afghanistan last year.
He has been actively involved in helping Yardley & District prepare for the big day which includes two matches between the club and Royal Marines teams.
“It looks like it’s going to be a large event raising in excess of £20,000 for Help for Heroes,” Croucher said.
“To me, Help for Heroes is a very important charity. Our men and women who serve the country deserve the right to receive the best treatment and welfare for what they have sacrificed.
“I’m happy to be involved in raising money for Help for Heroes in all kinds of ways and a charity rugby match like this is going to be a great event with lots happening.”
Help for Heroes was the idea of Appeal Chairman Bryn Parry and a group of friends and relations, many of who have connections with serving servicemen and women.
Bryn and his wife Emma wanted to do something to help the wounded and came up with the idea of a sponsored bike ride. They mentioned it to some friends who mentioned it to some more friends and suddenly Help For Heroes was born and growing fast.
Two weeks ago Birmingham City Allstars played a football match against West Midlands Police at Damson Park to help raise funds for the charity.
Now Yardley & District are contacting clubs and organisations locally and nationally for prizes for the auction and raffle.
The club have set up a website for financial donations to Help for Heroes at: http://www.justgiving.com/ydrfc-h4h.