Thetford community groups raise £2,000 for charity’s scheme for homeless veterans

The Inner Wheel and the Rotary Clubs in Thetford have raised ?2,000 for Walking with the Wounded. Pictured: Pat Fuller and Carol Goodchild (The Inner Wheel), Andrew Cook (Walking with the Wounded) and Nick Manderfield (Thetford & Distict Rotary Club). ANL-151205-163219001
The Inner Wheel and the Rotary Clubs in Thetford have raised ?2,000 for Walking with the Wounded. Pictured: Pat Fuller and Carol Goodchild (The Inner Wheel), Andrew Cook (Walking with the Wounded) and Nick Manderfield (Thetford & Distict Rotary Club). ANL-151205-163219001
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Two Thetford societies have given a huge boost to a regional military charity, raising more than £2,000 to help it kickstart a scheme for homeless veterans.

The Thetford Inner Wheel group and Thetford & District Rotary Clubs held a fund-raising supper together at Barnham Village Hall in aid of Norfolk-based charity Walking with the Wounded.

The event raised a total of £2,191 to help the charity launch Home Straight, its program for homeless veterans across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Duncan Slater, member of Walking with the Wounded’s South Pole Team, and Andrew Cook, the charity’s director of fund-raising, both attended the event.

At The Inner Wheel’s May meeting, member Carol Goodchild and Nick Manderfield, of the Thetford & District Rotary Clubs, presented a cheque to representatives from the charity.

Mr Cook said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet the men and women from Thetford Rotary and Inner Wheel.

“Duncan and I had a very enjoyable evening and the monies raised has got our Home Straight appeal up and running.

“The number of veterans who fall into homelessness has risen sharply in recent years and we are extremely grateful for their support.

“It’s always reassuring to get an appeal going so thanks must go to Carol Goodchild and Pat Fuller from The Inner Wheel and to Nick Manderfield.”

The charity aims to raise £40,000 to launch the Home Straight program, which will help wounded, injured and sick veterans who are homeless and in temporary accommodation to move back into long term employment and regain independence.