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Boxing night adds punch to Rick’s charity

Afghanistan hero Sgt Rick Clement was at the Unique Training Centre on Waterloo Road in Blackpool to meet the boxers who will be taking part in a charity evening next January.
Rick with the boxers.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
21-10-2013

Afghanistan hero Sgt Rick Clement was at the Unique Training Centre on Waterloo Road in Blackpool to meet the boxers who will be taking part in a charity evening next January. Rick with the boxers. PIC BY ROB LOCK 21-10-2013

A former soldier who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan has shared his delight at raising £100,000 for charity.

Sgt Rick Clement, from South Shore, celebrated the milestone for his organisation, A Soldier’s Journey, with a dinner and evening of boxing on Saturday.

Sgt Clement said: “It’s brilliant.

“When we set it up we thought it was a big target, especially in view of everybody struggling for money at the moment.

“I guessed it would take two or three years or so to reach this target so to do it in 18 months is just fantastic.

“It’s just onwards and upwards from here really.”

Sgt Clement’s national profile has also helped increase awareness of his charity and help secure big names and venues for fund-raising events.

More recently, his involvement in the funeral of veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival saw him and A Soldier’s Journey featured in the national press. as hundreds of people resonded to his appeal to attend the funeral after hearing he would be buried alone.

A charity dinner and auction at Blackpool Football Club raised an astonishing £55,000.

Auctioned items included a football shirt signed by David Beckham, a pair of earrings from event sponsor Banks Lyon jewellers in Lancaster and a motorbike from CCM Motorbikes. Speaking about that event, Sgt Clement added: “That was just unbelievable.

“The thing I’ve realised is getting new contacts and meeting new people makes things easier as well.”

A race night was also held on Friday evening by the Blackpool Supporters Association at Bloomfield Road.

The money raised will help provide transport and facilities for the newly disabled soldiers and their families as well specially adapted wheelchairs and equipment.

 

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