Dragoons charge on

l-r Sgt Jamie Lawson, LCpl Aaron Deans, Sgt Nick Lees with the Light Dragoons Remigmental flag at the launch of the charity car rally The Charge of the Light Dragoons.
l-r Sgt Jamie Lawson, LCpl Aaron Deans, Sgt Nick Lees with the Light Dragoons Remigmental flag at the launch of the charity car rally The Charge of the Light Dragoons.

A NORTHUMBERLAND war veteran has issued a rallying call to a vintage fund-raiser in aid of his injured comrades.

Sergeant Nick Lees, from Ellington, is part of a team seeking to raise £1million for the Light Dragoons Colonel’s Appeal to support wounded soldiers and help the families of those killed in action.

The regiment, known as England’s Northern Cavalry, recruits heavily from the North East, with its headquarters in Newcastle.

In March, 350 of its soldiers were deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan for the regiment’s third tour in the country. On its last tour in 2009, six Light Dragoons were killed and more than 30 were seriously wounded.

Sgt Lees, 33, who is a veteran of Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq, is calling on drivers to take part in a fund-raising car rally next month in aid of the Colonel’s Appeal.

He said: “The Colonel’s Appeal is dedicated to raising vital funds to give Light Dragoons wounded on operations or in regimental service enduring support and to support their families and the families of those killed in the line of duty.

“It’s a fantastic cause and one which is very close to our hearts, particularly now our regiment is back in Afghanistan, so we really want to see drivers enjoying our fund-raising rally next month.”

The rally begins at the Light Dragoons Regimental Museum at Cannon Hall, Barnsley on Saturday, June 9. On the first day it will reach Eachwick Hall in Stamfordham, where a fund-raising dinner will be held. The next morning it will continue via Cambo, Rothbury and other Northumberland communities to join a display of vintage cars at The Borders Vintage Automobile Show at Thirlestane Castle.

Drivers of vintage cars are welcome to take part. For more information call 0191 239 3141 or visit www.chargeofthelightdragoons.co.uk