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Fundraising champ Ray supports the Army

PUBLISHED: 14:58 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:04 07 July 2010

Front (from left) Sgt Major Chris Hopkins receiving the cheque from Ray Greenwood, with pupils from the high school and (centre from left) Anna Winterbone , Peddars Way Housing Association, Major Stuart Smith and Barry Winterbone, Peddars Way Housing Asso

Front (from left) Sgt Major Chris Hopkins receiving the cheque from Ray Greenwood, with pupils from the high school and (centre from left) Anna Winterbone , Peddars Way Housing Association, Major Stuart Smith and Barry Winterbone, Peddars Way Housing Asso

HE is a champion fundraiser who has spent more than two decades raising money for good causes and now Ray Greenwood has donated the proceeds of his latest event to a benevolent fund for the Royal Anglians.

HE is a champion fundraiser who has spent more than two decades raising money for good causes and now Ray Greenwood has donated the proceeds of his latest event to a benevolent fund for the Royal Anglians.

It is a cause close to his heart because Mr Greenwood, 72, from Dereham, joined the Norfolk Regiment in 1963 shortly before it became the Royal Anglian Regiment. He was in anti-tank support and served in British Guyana and Germany before being posted to Aden in Yemen.

Mr Greenwood said he wanted to help the Royal Anglian soldiers because it was important to support those who fought for our country and look after them when they returned home.

He presented a cheque for £710 to two soldiers from the A (Norfolk) Company of 1 Royal Anglians at Northgate High School.

The money was raised from a charity dance he held at Northgate High in November as well as a £100 donation from Peddars Way's customer consultation group.

Major Stuart Smith, 37, said it was a privilege for the regiment to be given the money. He said the fund receives six calls a day from members of the regiment.

While at the school Major Smith and Sgt Major Chris Hopkin, 33, met pupils, answering their questions about life in the army.

Mr Greenwood believes he has raised more than £80,000 through the charity dances he has organised over more than 20 years.

But he now plans to hang up his fundraising cap after doing one last charity dance in aid of Northgate High.

The dance will be at the school on June 13.

To book tickets call Mr Greenwood on 01362 695328.


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