Car enthusiasts rallying to help our heroes

CAR enthusiasts are being rallied to take to the road in support of North East-recruited Light Dragoons currently serving in Afghanistan.

The rally, which is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, will pass through Rothbury and Wooler on the Sunday as it heads north.

More than 350 members of the Light Dragoons, known as England’s Northern Cavalry, deployed in March to Helmand Province on the regiment’s third tour of Afghanistan.

The regiment has just had a young soldier returned to the UK from Afghanistan having lost both legs below the knee and sustained other injuries. He is currently seriously ill in Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham.

Regimental colleagues who remain in the North East are calling for drivers to take part in next month’s two-day Charge of the Light Dragoons Rally, in aid of the regiment’s Colonel’s Appeal to raise charitable funds.

Sergeant Nick Lees, 33, a veteran of the last Afghanistan tour, from Ellington, 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, which is open to drivers of vintage cars or cars of interest, begins at the Light Dragoons Regimental Museum at Cannon Hall, Barnsley, before finishing at Thirlestane Castle to join a display of vintage cars at the Borders Vintage Automobile Show.

Crews must raise a minimum £500 for the charity in order to enter a car, or £250 to take part in one of the two days’ driving.

The entry fee includes a picnic lunch and dinner on the Saturday.

The deadline for entry has been extended to within a few days of the rally.

To enter a team contact the Light Dragoons’ Home Headquarters on 0191 239 3141 or visit