£10,000 boost to Blind Veterans UK in memory of fallen Brighton soldier
31 August 2012 14:24
A fantastic £10,000 has been donated to Blind Veterans UK, in memory of Corporal Sean Reeve, a soldier from Brighton who was killed in Afghanistan in June 2008, aged just 28.
The Cpl. Sean Reeve Tribute Fund was set up when his family were given money raised by his former teacher, Chris Jones, and some of the pupils of Cardinal Newman School to donate to a charity of their choice in memory of Sean. This came three years after Sean was killed on his last day of duty while serving as a Special Forces Signaller with the 63 (SAS) Signal Squadron (Reserve). The donation has been made by a company called Innserve because a member of its staff - Major Stuart McHenery, had served with Sean for some years before his tragic death. Innserve Ltd is the UK's largest independent drinks dispense service company.
The cheque was presented to Blind Veterans UK's President, Raymond Hazan OBE, in the presence of Sean's father Bob, mother Rosaleen and sister Heidi at the charity's Brighton Centre in Ovingdean today.
Sean's mother, Rosaleen Reeve, said: "We are completely overwhelmed and very touched that Stuart McHenery and his colleagues at Innserve have made such a generous donation, and as a volunteer at the charity's Brighton centre I know that the money will be put to excellent use improving the lives of blind veterans. We would also like to thank everyone else who has made donations to Sean's fund."
Sean, a Sussex University graduate, and Major Stuart McHenery, were both members of the 884 Signal Troop based in Brighton when Sean was a Lance Corporal and Stuart was the Staff Sergeant.
Stuart said: "Sean was a very good lad, extremely competent and well liked by all. He was the kind of guy you wanted on your side because you knew he would stick by you and get the job done. Innserve Ltd is delighted to be able to donate £10,000 to The Cpl. Sean Reeve Tribute Fund in memory of Sean and the great contribution he made during his time in service. All money raised for the fund will support Blind Veterans UK which helps blind ex-Service men and women.
Stuart added "News stories often focus on those who have tragically lost their lives during the war, but what people might not realise is that a far greater number of people suffer severe injuries while serving, including sight loss. Blind Veterans UK supports these people, as well as veterans who have lost their sight after they have served, by providing them with high quality services to enable them to regain their independence."