December 9 2013 Latest news:
By Anthony Carroll
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
He is man who is happy to do his bit for good causes while avoiding the limelight.
But former soldier Thomas Bradley is now taking well-earned salutes after receiving recognition for his charity work which has seen him raise tens of thousands of pounds over the years.
Mr Bradley, 67, of Swain Court, Kirkley, has been awarded a certificate of merit by the Royal Artillery Association (RAA) for his “outstanding work” supporting local armed forces cadets by organising bag-packing events at supermarkets and charity auctions, which have also benefited Help for Heroes.
On Sunday, he was busy helping out at his latest event with his fellow fund-raiser Ron Bonner – a charity fun day at Barnards Meadow in Lowestoft which raised £711 for local cadets groups, the RAA and the Fusiliers Aid Society, which is supporting the family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby.
Mr Bradley, who was in the Royal Artillery between 1966 and 1975, serving in Germany, the Middle East and Belfast, said: “I was flabbergasted to get the certificate. I don’t think I have done anything special.
“I am just doing things to help the cadets and Help for Heroes. I am very pleased to get it”
Mr Bradley, who has lived in the Lowestoft area for 14 years and is treasurer of the RAA’s branch in the town, was presented with the certificate at the association’s annual meeting.
He received the award in the run-up to the preparations for the charity fun day, which included football matches, bouncy castles, a raffle, climbing wall and demonstrations by local cadets.
Unfortunately, a planned appearance by members of the Colchester-based 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Artillery, who had hoped to field a football team, had to be cancelled because of transport problems.
Even though only about 100 people turned up for the event, which ran from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Mr Bradley said he was pleased that £711 would be shared out among the good causes. He added: “Without the fun day those groups would not have got that money and they will put it to very good use.”
Mr Bonner said it was the first time that he and Mr Bradley had organised a fun day and, despite the “disappointing” turn-out, they were hoping to organise a similar event next year. He said they were grateful to the event’s sponsors and Roman Hill Primary School, and the people at Barnards Meadow for their support.
One of the pair’s most successful fund-raising events took place in October 2011 when they organised an auction in aid of Help For Heroes which brought in £4,500 for the injured servicemen’s charity.