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Veterans benefit from another successful VIA Ball

Cllr Richard Rowles
JOKE: Rowles

Redenham Park based Veterans in Action (VIA) hosted their annual ‘Veterans Ball’ on Saturday, at which Andover’s town Mayor committed to raising further money for the ex-service personnel charity.

The popular annual event held at Norton Park Hotel raised money for the veterans’ charity which helps those who suffer the effects of war or find it hard to adjust to civilian life.

Chair of the VIA Trustees Scott Carr said, “Over £9,000 was raised and we give great thanks to the 130 or more people who attended.

“The raffle was a particular success, as were the Silver Singers and much drink was had amongst our guests!

“We’re also really pleased to confirm that Andover’s town Mayor announced that he will walk the entire length of the Test Way in aid of VIA”.

Cllr Rowles told local radio station 95.9FM Andover Radio, “Starting on April 11th next year, I will raise money for this exceptional charity by walking the entire Test Way – all 44 miles of it – over two days.

“That’s just short of walking a double marathon in a weekend.”

“This is great charity which has help so many ex-service personnel and I want to help them grow and continue their great work for people who have served to protect our country.”

To pledge money for the 44 mile fundraising walk please click here.

Parading a beautiful cake that was auctioned, Cllr Rowles said he was seeking nineteen other people to join him on the walk in an effort to raise £10,000. He also arranged for raffle prizes to be auctioned on the night which included clay pigeon shooting at Spitfire Shoot in Stockbridge and a day’s fishing for two on the River Test which raised over £400.

To find out more about what VIA do please visit www.veteransinaction.org.uk

Cllr Richard Rowles VIA
VIA: Cake, chattels and Rowles

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David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.