Stevenage Gulf War veteran's charity initiative takes off
A MARKET stall set up by a Gulf War veteran to raise money for a charity which helps ex-service personnel who are suffering from post-traumatic stress is going from strength-to-strength. Mark Williams, of Oaks Cross in Stevenage, opened the stall in the t
A MARKET stall set up by a Gulf War veteran to raise money for a charity which helps ex-service personnel who are suffering from post-traumatic stress and other health problems is going from strength-to-strength.
Mark Williams, of Oaks Cross in Stevenage, opened the stall in the town's indoor market off St George's Way about six weeks ago, in aid of the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association (NGVFA).
The charity supports veterans and their families from Gulf War 1 1990-91, Gulf War 2 (Iraq) 2003-2009, and Afghanistan 2001 to the present day.
Mr Williams, 45, served in the army and fought in the first Gulf War. He said: "The stall is going really well and I have got a lot of support now.
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"In the six or seven weeks we have been there we have had 60 or 70 people coming to us for help. It's the families who ask for the help, not the veterans, because they are really proud and won't ask. We want to let them know we are here and can help them with so much, leading up to Christmas especially."
The stall has already increased in size and, as well as selling second hand goods, has brand new items from companies for sale. Current goods include new toys - ideal for Christmas presents - and silver and gold jewellery. All money made is given to the charity.
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Mr Williams is currently collecting donations of new and nearly new items for the market stall. Call him on 07805925404 if you have items to donate.
Support NGVFA offers includes counselling, legal advice, tribunal representation, and an annual respite break for veterans and their families.
A 24-hour helpline is also available on 0845 257 4853. A freefone helpline number is made available to those who become members of the NGVFA.