Westlands boys hit the town to raise Heroes cash
TOP troopers from a Torquay school raised more than £1,000 for wounded servicemen and women.
Westlands students Josh Langdon, Will Clothier and Lee Johnson (pictured above) gave up a Saturday and Sunday in Torquay town centre to raise funds for Help for Heroes.
During more than three hours they raised £1,073.
Josh Langdon, a corporal in the Army Cadets, said: "You wouldn't believe it but the Government doesn't really support wounded soldiers, so we thought we could help by donating money to Help for Heroes."
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Josh organised the event by writing to the charity, which sent him a pack with 200 wristbands, banners and leaflets.
He said: "We sold the bands really quickly and so made £400, and the rest was from donations. The public were brilliant."
Will Clothier, a lance corporal in the Army Cadets, had first-hand experience of Help for Heroes when his father spent time at the Headley Court base after breaking his neck in a rugby accident.
While Will's father was convalescing, the boys met a soldier who told them about a proposed swimming pool for soldiers who had been injured.
Will said: "We thought we might raise a few quid for some tiles to help out, but we never imagined we'd get this much."
Westlands head teacher Michael Stewart said he was delighted by his three pupils' contribution.
He added: "These three boys have done a tremendous amount of good for a very worthy charity.
"While the Help for Heroes is already a school charity, they organised this themselves and we are very proud of them."
Josh made the headlines in August when he was honoured by senior officers for saving the life of fellow cadet Nathan Robinson after they capsized on a reservoir in South Wales.