Money for Afghan blast soldier

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Friends of a soldier who lost both of his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan have spoken of their pride in handing him a cheque for more than £2,000.

Rob and Julie Back, who run the Back to Fitness gym in Waterlooville, organised a Help for Heroes boxing event in Portsmouth for Sergeant Michael Yule who stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in July last year.

The money raised from the Portsmouth Guildhall event in November was handed over to Sgt Yule at the Defence Diving School in Horsea Island, where he used to work as an army diving instructor.

Rob Back said: 'He is such a courageous and brave man. We deserves this.'

Sgt Yule said: 'I didn't think people would go so far out of their way to help me. It's brilliant.'

Sgt Yule, who was a forces powerlifting champion, said he will use the cash to build a gym at his home.

Mr Back wanted to thank Bishops Printers, who printed the boxing event programme for free, and Austins Builders, of Fareham, for their support.

Another boxing event will be held for Sgt Yule at Portsmouth Guildhall on March 5.

Call 0845 603 0672 for ticket information.