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Bramham Horse Trials supports local soliders


12:00am 10th April 2011

Organisers of the Bramham International Horse Trials have nominated two military charities as their 2011 beneficiaries.

The Yorkshire Regiment's Charitable Trust and the Household Cavalry's Operational Casualties Fund have both been selected.

So any cash raised from the four day equestrian event in June will benefit soldiers from our local area.

The Organisers of Bramham have invited both Regiments to collect donations, raise their profile and engage with an expected audience of 60,000 spectators over four days, from the 2nd June 2011 to the 5th.

Both Regiments have seen regular deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and are again preparing themselves to return.

Soldiers from both Regiments have sustained life changing injuries and a number have lost their lives.

The funds exist to provide support, rehabilitation and financial assistance to these injured soldiers and bereaved families.

The Regimental Secretary of the Yorkshire Regiment, Lt Col David O'Kelly said:

"We are very grateful to the organisers for this superb opportunity to raise our profile in the heart of the region.

As a Regiment, we are about to undergo a very difficult 15 month training programme in preparation for operations in Afghanistan.

We are looking to generate as much awareness and support for the soldiers and the Regimental family as we can during these preparations."

The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund (HCOCF) Chief Executive, Alistair Galloway, said:

"We are extremely grateful to the sponsors and organisers of the Welcome to Yorkshire Bramham International Horse Trails for giving us this fantastic opportunity.

All the money raised will go directly towards helping those who have lost loved ones or sustained life changing injuries.

Long after the troops have returned home we will continue to support our brave soldiers and their families who have given so much."

Nicholas Pritchard, Event Director, said:

"We are very proud to be supporting two such worthy causes which have strong connections locally and with the Lane Fox family.

The sport of Eventing originated within the military, so to support them at Bramham seems entirely appropriate.

With the promotional support of Welcome to Yorkshire, the Official Tourism Agency for Yorkshire, we are hoping for a good attendance".

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