Troops' cash bid appeal
PUBLISHED: 15:29 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 June 2010
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26: THE grieving grandfather of a 21-year-old soldier killed in action has launched a 'mission crusade' to raise money for wounded troops - and the first event is at Woodbury Park Hotel next month. David Godfrey, the grandfather of 21-year-old serviceman Dani
THE grieving grandfather of a 21-year-old soldier killed in action has launched a 'mission crusade' to raise money for wounded troops - and the first event is at Woodbury Park Hotel next month.David Godfrey, the grandfather of 21-year-old serviceman Daniel Lee Coffey, who died in the line of duty last February, is urging Exmouth residents to dig deep into their pockets for a gala dinner and gift auction on September 26.Daniel, from Exeter, served in the Devon and Dorset Rifles, and the dinner is the first event of Operation Braveheart, with proceeds to go in support of wounded servicemen and women and families who have lost loved ones.He said: "The people of Exmouth and the surrounding villages have always had close links with our armed forces."Operation Braveheart will be a series of event rallies in support of our servicemen and women. These will be held around the South West and Devon in the first instance and will lead the way to start with."But my hope is that many people will take up the banner from around the country and help me to also make things happen all over the UK."Amongst the gifts pledged is a signed and framed rugby shirt by the England rugby squad, a sailing experience, a golf day and a four day holiday break.Mr Godfrey is also forming a band, made up of young people, to play and perform at the various functions he is planning.The functions will take the form of musical events with pop bands, stars and celebrities and shows - which he hopes schools and colleges will put on. The event is being held at Woodbury Park Hotel on Friday, September 26, 7pm, and formal dress for the evening is required. The tickets are £30.Places are limited so please contact Mr Godfrey on: (0791) 5286767 or e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.If you are interested in taking part in the band also please contact Mr Godfrey.