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Tragic Joe inspires family to raise cash for troop charity

THE family of a Castle Bromwich man - who was killed fighting in Afghanistan - have raised over £23,000 to help other servicemen.

THE family of a Castle Bromwich man - who was killed fighting in Afghanistan - have raised over £23,000 to help other servicemen.

Last Saturday, relatives of Joe Murphy presented the latest windfall, of £5691, to Solihull-based charity Troop Aid.

Proceeds were raised through a series of events, organised in conjunction with local pub, The Spitfire.

Fund raising activities have included a sponsored cycle ride and bungee jumps.

Joe’s older brother Ben said that his sibling “would have been proud of everyone in Castle Brom.”

The former Archbishop Grimshaw pupil was killed in an explosion in July 2009 - aged 18.

Money has been divided between Troop Aid and Joe’s regiment The 2nd Battalion The Rifles.

Linda Stokes, Troop Aid trustee, said: “We’re delighted with this money and it will help so many soldiers. Some of Joe’s friends were injured and Joe’s dad [Brian] went to go and see them at the hospital. It was while he was there that he first saw some of the things that Troop Aid did and wanted to help.

“The whole family has been through a terrible tragedy but they’ve turned that round to help others. I think they deserve so much credit for what they’ve done, in conjunction with the Spitfire.”

Troop Aid, which celebrates its fifth birthday this November, is holding its annual ball tomorrow (Saturday). And later this month, the Mayor of Solihull, Irene Chamberlain, will be opening the charity’s new offices in Hall Green.

 

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