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As the community fundraiser for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in Hampshire, 2012 was a busy and rewarding year.

The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity.

We give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. They risk so much for us, but for them, it’s just doing their job.

In return, we provide financial assistance when they are in real need.

That’s what we’ve been here to offer for 68 years.

A charity abseil down the Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf saw 47 participants stepping over the edge which helped raise the wonderful amount of £12,000.

This included army veteran Bob Blackburn who, at 85 years young, showed no fear as he made the drop down the Portsmouth landmark.

Same Difference star Sean Smith also took the plunge to show his support for the charity.

We will be holding the abseil again in August and anyone interested in taking part can email me at for more information.

Actor and musician Gary Cordice, from Arundel, has written a beautiful song called Born to be a Soldier which is available on iTunes costing 79p, of which 25p goes to the charity. Why not have a listen?

If you have time on your hands we are always looking for volunteers to help out at local and national events, hold a coffee morning, have a cake sale or hold a curry night.

Raising awareness of the charity is vital and I do free presentations to groups or even just a group of friends at coffee mornings.

If you would like a presentation please contact me by email.