Help for Heroes benefits from collection
Volunteer collectors for Help for Heroes raised £1,200 for the charity with a special collection event at Debenhams in Wimbledon's Centre Court.
It was part of the Debenhams National Collection Weekend and involved local Help for Heroes volunteers Jim Duffy, a retired Wimbledon fire brigade officer, and his wife Barbara.
Ten Merton Volunteer Police Cadets were also involved, and they greeted customers at Debenhams, took donations and sold fundraising items.
Pictured (right) are 14-year-old cadets Jade and Holly. Jade said: "I have really enjoyed helping the team for such a great cause, and welcoming local shoppers".
Holly added: "Help for Heroes does such good work, Merton Cadets are proud to have supported this event."
It was held at the House of Lords and involved national VPCs Sgt Nick Healy, PC Kath Brimiloe and PC Jon Thompson as well as Merton PC Tim Mann, Cadet Jessica Fuller (Merton VPC) and Cadets Sonny and Bradley Burgess (Wandsworth VPC).
The Cadets spoke about activities they have attended and their positive personal experiences as Volunteer Police Cadets, which was enthusiastically endorsed by their parents in the public gallery.
March 6, 2014