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Funeral directors present cheque to Bournemouth charity helping military veterans

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: February 13, 2024 | Updated: 13th February 2024

A charity launched a decade ago to help military veterans has been presented with a cheque for £400 from a local funeral directors.

Douch Family Funeral Directors logoThe Bournemouth Above and Beyond Trust said the money will go towards a new electric wheelchair.

The money was donated by AE Jolliffe & Son in Ferndown, part of Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors group.

Set up by the then former town councillor Amedeo Angiolini, the charity has a base on the beach at Southbourne as well as operations at Avon Heath Country Park and Upton Country Park.

More than 400 veterans have been assisted since its inception.

The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning on the beach at Southbourne near Gordon’s Zig Zag.

It also helps veterans at Avon Heath Country Park with woodland skills and at Upton Country Park where the charity has some bee hives.

Amedeo AngioliniAmedeo said: “Working with other organisations we are able to offer one-to-one help as well as our group sessions.

“The donation is extremely generous and will be put to good use in helping veterans.”

Helen Dean, from AE Jolliffe & Son, added: “We became aware of the charity through someone in the town and it seemed a wonderful cause.

“Having met Amadeo and some of the veterans it’s clear what a great service the charity offers.

“Our company fundraises for many charities and good causes and we’re so pleased to have been able to help the Bournemouth Above and Beyond Trust.”

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