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Big Curry raises £16,500 for ABF The Soldiers Charity

PUBLISHED: 16:28 09 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:41 16 May 2014

Kiren Sharma with The Hon Mary Bayliss JP and Maj Gen Martin Rutledge CB OBE, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Kiren Sharma with The Hon Mary Bayliss JP and Maj Gen Martin Rutledge CB OBE, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers' Charity

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Lt Col Rhodri Phillip, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre; Lt Col Steven Jeffery, Consultant Plastic Surgeon Royal Centre for Defence Medicine; Capt Tony Harris, late of Royal Regiment Fusiliers; Lt Col Alan Jenkins, CO I45 (South) Brigade Personnel Recovery UnitLt Col Rhodri Phillip, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre; Lt Col Steven Jeffery, Consultant Plastic Surgeon Royal Centre for Defence Medicine; Capt Tony Harris, late of Royal Regiment Fusiliers; Lt Col Alan Jenkins, CO I45 (South) Brigade Personnel Recovery Unit

The ‘Big Curry’ organised by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s Berkshire Committee at Reading’s Hilton Hotel raised £16,500 for the Army’s national charity which supports thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families each year. The lunch, now in its fourth year, is followed by an insight into Army operations and this year’s subject could not have been more topical.

A presentation from Army plastic surgeon Lt Col Steven Jeffery, Clinical Lead for complex trauma surgery at Headley Court, Lt Col Rhodri Phillip, and Lt Col Alan Jenkins, Commanding Officer of the Army’s Personnel Recovery Unit in the south, took the audience through the process of supporting injured and wounded soldiers from emergency treatment, medical evacuation, rehabilitation and, for some, resettlement in civilian life. They were joined by Tony Harris, a Captain in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers when he was injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, who related his experience with searing self-deprecating humour. His feet were shattered by the blast and after 20 operations he elected to have his leg amputated below the knee. It was “just a scratch”, he said.

The Big Curry is also the committee’s chance to host the Regular and Territorial Army units who have been so supportive of the charity throughout the year. Soldiers from Hermitage, Arborfield and Reading joined those from the surrounding area. Among those present were ABF Berkshire’s President, the Lord Lieutenant Mary Bayliss, the Mayor and Mayoress of Newbury, Anthony and Caroline Pick, and members of the Hungerford and Thatcham Rotary Clubs and the Reading Lions

The event was again generously sponsored by Kiren Sharma of Reading’s Gravity Personnel, who confirmed his support for next year. Several companies including Babcock, ESRI and ISS also provided support, enabling all funds raised to go to supporting soldiers in need.

Kiren Sharma presents his sponsorship cheque to Brig Peter Walker, with Brig Andrew Hughes, Commander 145 (South Brigade) and Maj Gen Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers CharityKiren Sharma presents his sponsorship cheque to Brig Peter Walker, with Brig Andrew Hughes, Commander 145 (South Brigade) and Maj Gen Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers Charity

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Lt Col Steve Tinlin of the Royal Logistic Corps with the Lord Lieutenant and Mr Jeremy BaylissLt Col Steve Tinlin of the Royal Logistic Corps with the Lord Lieutenant and Mr Jeremy Bayliss

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Officer Cadets enjoy a tasty curry before manning the buckets ready for the exit collectionOfficer Cadets enjoy a tasty curry before manning the buckets ready for the exit collection

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Soldiers from 145 (South) Brigade with Patty Wallis of ABF The Soldiers’ CharitySoldiers from 145 (South) Brigade with Patty Wallis of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

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Scoff up for the Army’s national charity – soldiers tuck inScoff up for the Army’s national charity – soldiers tuck in

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