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From one war hero to another!

After weeks of fund raising, Irwell Valley Housing has reached a massive total of £14,000. Falklands Veteran, Simon Weston OBE joined Lynne Garsden, Chair of the Housing Association’s Board to hand over the cheque to Kevin Mitchell on behalf of Help For Heroes at the Zion Arts Centre in Manchester.

Irwell Valley Housing raised the mammoth figure after covering thousands of miles in sponsored walking, running, cycling and swimming events across the North West, a 48 hour motorbike challenge from Manchester via Dover to the World War 1 and 11 Memorials in France and Belgium and a Charity Auction & Raffle evening. Their spirited efforts were backed by a host of celebrities including Simon Weston and Coronation St. actress, Beverley Callard.

The cheque presentation was followed by a motivational speech to a packed auditorium from Simon, who talked movingly about his recovery and challenges after life threatening injuries when his ship - The Sir Galahad - was hit by an Argentine missile during the Falklands War in 1982.

If you missed Simon Weston's interview with Radio Manchester on Irwell Valley's fabulous fund raising for Help For Heroes, you can listen to it again 35 minutes into the Andy Crane Show at

We rasied over £12,000 for Help for Heroes, to see how we did it follow our journey below:
May 3 2011
They're on their way - with a little help from Coronation St star Beverley Callard. The actress who played Liz McDonald in The Street waved off a convoy of Irwell Valley fundraisers and friends for the start of a mammoth two-day Motorbike Challenge from Manchester to Belgium and France to raise money for Help For Heroes.

They're off. Help for Heros bikers leave Manchester

Pictured left to right are:
(back row) Mark Myers (Irwell Valley), Mark Slocombe, Tom Manion (Irwell Valley), Liz Atkinson (Irwell Valley); (front row) Stephen Ratcliffe, Beverley Callard, Jon McEwan (Beverley Callard's husband)

Before setting off for the 300mile ride to Folkestone, Beverley and Tom gave an interview to Beswick at Breakfast, BBC Radio Manchester about Irwell Valley's fund raising.  You can listen to it again at around 2hrs 35mins into the show at:

We’re revved up and ready for the off with weeks of charity fund raising ahead of us for Help For Heroes – and it’s already got off to a great start.

Jessica, the German Gundog (that’s her far right in the image below) and her fellow pooches took the lead with a sponsored dog walk along the Glossop stretch of the Trans-Pennine trail last Sunday. Thanks to everyone who pledged money and took part.

Send In The Reinforcements

Coming up, we’re planning a 10k Family Fun Run and Walk at Tatton Park, a 120 mile round trip cycle ride from Manchester Cenotaph to Shotton Cenotaph, a sponsored swim at Denton’s Esporta Swimming Pool – and on May 3rd, Tom and fellow bikers will be setting off on 'The Final Push', a mammoth two-day motorcycle challenge from Manchester cenotaph to the WW1 Battlefields at Ypres, and the Dunkirk beaches.

The fund raising culminates in a fabulous Help For Heroes Charity Supper at The Civic Centre,Connah’s Quay on Friday May 13 with live entertainment, top line comedians, raffle prizes and an auction that includes a 47” plasma screen, a week’s stay in a house in Southern Spain and 3 nights in a Conservation Lodge in Malawi.

Falklands Veteran and Campaigner Simon Weston, OBE hosts the night.

All monies raised went to Help For Heroes, which was established in 2007 and raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country.