KARREN'S A TROOPER!
APPRENTICE judge Karren Brady was so struck by the moving story
of Raleigh Addington who had to quit the show after his brother was
blown up in Afghanistan, that she has been invited to be a Patron
of his charity, Tickets for Troops, it was revealed today.
Karren listened as Raleigh told how he had no choice but to leave
the show when he received an emergency call saying his Army Captain
brother, Ed, 26 had been seriously injured by an IED while on
patrol in Sangin in Afghanistan.
Karren, CEO, of Premier League club, West Ham United, listened
intently as Raleigh, 23, told the audience of You're Fired - which
included 30 serving members of the Armed Forces, how his brother,
Army Captain, Ed Addington, 26, of 2 Rifles regiment had undergone
16 operations but was making a good recovery.
She said: "Raleigh's story and that of his brother are so
inspirational in their own right. I have nothing but admiration for
the commitment and enthusiasm that Raleigh he is showing in making
a fantastic success of such a worthwhile charity. The Apprentice's
loss is their gain."
West Ham was one of the first clubs to regular offer free tickets
to members of the Armed Forces through Tickets For Troops which now
has over 67.000 troops registered and has distributed over 260.000
free tickets for sports events, music events and theatrical
Karren added: "I am in awe of the work our troops do, putting
their lives on the line every day to protect the rest of us.
Tickets For Troops is a perfect way of saying thank-you and I fully
support the idea."
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