Charitable Exmouth women to continue Help for Heroes' fundraising

PUBLISHED: 17:19 25 January 2011

Martyn Coud from the Rifles Regiment accepts a cheque on behalf of the Help For Heroes charity from Kyah Steele (left) and Louise Barnes this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 1180-04-11SH

Martyn Coud from the Rifles Regiment accepts a cheque on behalf of the Help For Heroes charity from Kyah Steele (left) and Louise Barnes this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 1180-04-11SH

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TWO hard-working fundraisers will try to keep the cash rolling in for Help for Heroes - having already raised in excess of £5000 in less than six months.

Louise Barnes, of Ashleigh Road, Exmouth, and her niece, Kyah Steel, have worked tirelessly, taking part in a number of activities on behalf of the charity.

The pair, both related to serviceman Kinikki Griffiths, 20, who was killed while on a vehicle patrol in Afghanistan last July, helped organise a raffle recently at the RAFA Club which raised £1,622.

They gathered around £1000 by selling Help for Heroes goodies and an additional £1000 from collections held at Tesco in Salterton Road and the Budgens shop in Brixington.

Fearless Kyah, 23, also raised £1,500 by taking to the skies and jumping out of an aeroplane at Dunkeswell.

The charitable duo this week handed over a cheque of £1,622, from the raffle, to Martyn Coud, from the British Army Rifles.

Mr Coud, who gratefully received the money on behalf of Help for Heroes, paid a glowing tribute to the hard work and generosity of both Louise and Kyah.

He said: “They have done incredibly well raising this money. It is a huge amount and they should both be incredibly proud of themselves.

“Help for Heroes is such a great cause. There are more and more people who, unfortunately, sustain injuries. This kind of money helps with their rehabilitation.”

Louise said, having spoken to serviceman Coud who told her about the positive work Help for Heroes does, she is determined to keep on fundraising.

“We want to continue to help all the soldiers who continue to get wounded. Seeing and talking to Martyn today has spurred us on even more.”

Louise and Kyah’s cousin, Kinikki Griffiths, was killed in the vicinity of Camp Bastion, Helmand province just weeks before he was due to celebrate his twenty-first birthday.

The name of Senior Aircraftman Griffiths has recently been added to the Exmouth War Memorial.

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