Mayor's appeal boost for victims of combat stress

MORE than £44,000 was raised for a military charity during a Birstall councillor’s stint as Mayor of Kirklees, figures show.
Coun Andrew Palfreeman (Con) served as Mayor last year and nominated mental health group Combat Stress as his chosen charity.
The appeal raised more than £38,000, while another £6,000 was donated directly to the charity by people around Kirklees.
Fundraising included Huddersfield Town FC donating £1 from every ticket sold for their preseason friendly with Blackburn Rovers in July 2010.
Dewsbury Rams RL club, plus various rotary clubs and community groups, also donated. Events included a fashion show and concerts also proved popular fundraisers.
A cheque is due to be presented to officials from Combat Stress at Huddersfield Town Hall next Thursday.
Coun Palfreeman said: “I’m delighted we raised such a huge amount of money and helped make more people aware of the problems some veterans face.
“The money ensures Combat Stress can help veterans who’ve not only risked their lives, but now face the threat of a lifetime of torment on our behalf.”
Combat Stress looks after armed forces personnel suffering from a psychological condition related to their service career.
This ranges from depression, anxiety or phobia to posttraumatic stress disorder. They are currently treating some 4,600 exservicemen and women.
Coun Palfreeman added: “I met many soldiers and veterans living in Kirklees during my year as Mayor. I’m grateful for the sacrifice they’ve made.
“It's a longterm project and my involvement with Combat Stress will continue.”

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