TWO war veterans joined the ranks at County Hall to help boost a forces’ fund-raiser.
Early Years and Schools administration worker Lesley Kelly decided to organise a cake sale, raffle and tombola for colleagues at Northumberland County Council last week in aid of Help for Heroes.
Making sure the event went with military precision were her son Corporal Jack Kelly and his friend Corporal Gary Turner, who have both recently returned from service in Afghanistan with the RAF.
The pair were born on the same day and attended Morpeth’s King Edward VI School together, before joining the RAF.
The cake sale, which tied in with Armed Forces Week, was a huge success.
It exceeded all expectations to raise an impressive £1,527 for the charity.
Mrs Kelly said: “I never expected to do as well as that.
“I had raised about £600 from the raffle before the sale so I hoped to get to £1,000, but that surpassed it so I’m absolutely chuffed to bits.
“I had to limit access to the staff from County Hall for security reasons, but it was good that I was given permission to do it and the queue was massive.
“I think it helped that the boys were there in their uniforms.”