Those who risk lives deserve support

I know that Help for Heroes does some fantastic work for former servicemen and women, and I was pleased to attend a briefing event that gave information about the work that they are doing in the Borders.

The charity offers a national network of support to those who have suffered life changing injuries while serving our country, and I know that this can be hugely helpful to those who have been affected.

By offering them the help and advice they need it ensures that they can come to terms with their injuries and achieve their full potential. It is no doubt an important service, and it was great to hear from Lance Corporal J.J. Chalmers who has directly benefitted from the work of Help for Heroes. After being badly injured in Afghanistan Lance Corporal Chalmers received assistance from the charity that helped him adapt to his new life.

It was great to hear from someone who was so passionate about the work of the charity, and I know that everyone at the briefing event benefitted from hearing from him. Those who risk their lives for our country deserve our full support and I am glad that by donating to Help for Heroes we can provide this.

As Christmas approaches every year I always take some time to visit some of the local Royal Mail delivery offices in the Borders to meet the staff who will be working so hard over the coming weeks. The holiday period is undoubtedly the busiest time of year for them as they have to deal with the huge influx of extra letters, cards and parcels. Over the next few weeks they will be working tirelessly to ensure that everything is delivered on time, and it’s great to get an opportunity to thank them for their work.

While many of us will be using the next few days to relax in the warmth of our own homes, they will be braving the worst of the Berwickshire winter to deliver our mail. Without this work our Christmases would simply not be the same and they deserve our appreciation for the great work that they do. I would encourage everyone in Berwickshire to show their thanks to their posties if they see them in the next few days, as I’m sure it will make their job a lot easier knowing what a difference it makes.

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