Mother of Clayton-le-Moors soldier killed launches Help for the Heroes’ Hounds appeal

Mother of Clayton-le-Moors soldier killed launches Help for the Heroes’ Hounds appeal

Mother of Clayton-le-Moors soldier killed launches Help for the Heroes’ Hounds appeal

KILLED Private Jason Rawstron

First published in Clayton-le-Moors Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

UNSUNG heroes of the war in Afghanistan are being championed in a unique Christmas appeal.

Mandy Rawstron, whose son was killed in Afghanistan, is appealing to people to donate presents to the Army’s sniffer dogs.

Private Jason Rawstron, 23, from Clayton-le-Moors, was shot dead by a Taliban gunman in Helmand province in September 2008.

Ever since his death Mandy, 47, of Barnes Street, has worked to support the Help for Heroes soldiers’ charity.

While doing so, she realised the courage of the Army’s Arms and Explosives Search (AES) dogs also deserved the British public’s thanks.

And now she wants people to think of the brave animals and reward them with donations of dog food, treats and toys at a collection point in Accrington Town Hall.

She said: “After Jason died I sent boxes of presents at Christmas to support the lads that were still out there.

“I read about a soldier who died and his dog was by his side and that made me think.

“The dogs go out first to see if they can find the IEDs, so they are heroes as well. They need as much love and respect as the soldiers get.

"They are really brave animals and nobody gives them a pat on the back like the soldiers get. It’s about time they did.”

Mandy enlisted the help of Clayton-le-Moors ward coun-cillor Tim O’Kane to organise ‘Hyndburn Help for the Heroes’ Hounds’.

Coun O’Kane said: “Mandy brought it to my attention that the troops love the dogs and sort of feel guilty about them not being sent Christmas hampers as well.

"I organised a collection of dog treats and dog toys last year, which we kept to just council employees, and the response was phenomenal.

“This year we’re going to open it up to the public. I think we are the only people doing something like this.

“Last year there were around 20 dogs in Afghanistan, but David Cameron said this year that there would be a lot of money spent on anti-IED devices.

"A significant amount was spent on the purchasing and training of these dogs, so there are now about 200, which means we need ten times as many treats.”

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12:38pm Fri 25 Nov 11

Billy_Bunter says...

What a lovely idea! I'm going to see if anyone from my dog club would like to donate as well.
What a lovely idea! I'm going to see if anyone from my dog club would like to donate as well. Billy_Bunter
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1:30pm Fri 25 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

Billy_Bunter wrote:
What a lovely idea! I'm going to see if anyone from my dog club would like to donate as well.
You're right, that is a nice idea.
[quote][p][bold]Billy_Bunter[/bold] wrote: What a lovely idea! I'm going to see if anyone from my dog club would like to donate as well.[/p][/quote]You're right, that is a nice idea. happycyclist
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7:51am Sat 26 Nov 11

doylerf says...

happycyclist wrote:
Billy_Bunter wrote:
What a lovely idea! I'm going to see if anyone from my dog club would like to donate as well.
You're right, that is a nice idea.
It is a nice idea but please read this link before posting dog treats for christmas. You may very well delay family parcels to troops according to this:

http://www.direct.go
v.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom
/DG_182691
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Billy_Bunter[/bold] wrote: What a lovely idea! I'm going to see if anyone from my dog club would like to donate as well.[/p][/quote]You're right, that is a nice idea.[/p][/quote]It is a nice idea but please read this link before posting dog treats for christmas. You may very well delay family parcels to troops according to this: http://www.direct.go v.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom /DG_182691 doylerf
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7:12pm Sat 26 Nov 11

Tim O'Kane says...

Point taken doylerf but the whole point of the appeal is that at present NOBODY is sending stuff out to the dogs, which the troops themselves have picked up on. The sniffer dogs are very much part of infantry life these days and it is not exactly easy to nip into an Afghani supermarket to buy dog treats. It is the troops themselves that have asked the dogs not to be left out. Myself and Mandy are sort of fighting the dogs corner in this case. Think of it this way. A typical family with 2.4 children with Benji the pet labrador. It is Christmas Day and the kids unwrap the presents but there isnt anything for Benji. You get the picture ?
Point taken doylerf but the whole point of the appeal is that at present NOBODY is sending stuff out to the dogs, which the troops themselves have picked up on. The sniffer dogs are very much part of infantry life these days and it is not exactly easy to nip into an Afghani supermarket to buy dog treats. It is the troops themselves that have asked the dogs not to be left out. Myself and Mandy are sort of fighting the dogs corner in this case. Think of it this way. A typical family with 2.4 children with Benji the pet labrador. It is Christmas Day and the kids unwrap the presents but there isnt anything for Benji. You get the picture ? Tim O'Kane
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5:36pm Mon 28 Nov 11

DtheP47 says...

Flipping Heck Tim ???
Sending stuff out to Afghanistan for dogs......
How's about you and Mandy link up with the Dog Warden and send all the four legged s*** machines that crap on the pavements of Clayton-leMoors out to Afghanistan too?
Flipping Heck Tim ??? Sending stuff out to Afghanistan for dogs...... How's about you and Mandy link up with the Dog Warden and send all the four legged s*** machines that crap on the pavements of Clayton-leMoors out to Afghanistan too? DtheP47
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