Injured hero’s big milestone

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A WOUNDED war hero has paid thanks to his supporters after he reached the £10,000 mark in his fund-raising challenge.

Sgt Rick Clement, who lost both his legs in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan, is now more determined than ever to achieve his target of raising £100,000 for four Army charities.

The 32-year-old said he has been amazed by people’s generosity.

Sgt Clement, who lives in South Shore, said: “I’d like to say a massive thanks to all those who have donated.

“It’s been brilliant. We’ve had £5,000 in online donations - some from people don’t even know me but have just read about what I’m doing and want to help.

“Even one pound makes a difference. The more people give, the sooner we’ll reach the target.”

Events which helped Sgt Clement reach the £10,000 mark included a dogs night, a Strictly Come Dancing contest, an entertainment night at Blackpool Football Club and the sale of wrist bands.

The war hero recently had the honour of being an Olympic torchbearer in Blackpool and now plans to auction his torch off to raise money towards his fundraising.

He said: “I’m currently organising an event at the Copacabana bar in Blackpool for November 10, which is when we’ll auction the Olympic torch and other items.

“It could go for anything, and that money could massively help. If it raised £3,000, it’s a wheelchair for someone. It should be a great night.”