Cards boost veterans’ cause

Maria's contribution, gratefully received by David McAllister of SSAF, will help service personnel coping with physical and/or emotional problems.
Maria's contribution, gratefully received by David McAllister of SSAF, will help service personnel coping with physical and/or emotional problems.

A Forces’ charity has been handed a £1,000 Armed Forces Day bonus by a 91-year-0ld Mossend woman with a genius for raising cash.

Maria Boyes is no stranger to charity fundraising, having collected around £7,000 over recent years for causes ranging from Children in Need to St Andrew’s Hospice.

Now she has decided to put all of her skills behind the effort to aid veterans who - like her own son Billy - need and deserve more than just statutory help.

Mrs Boyes’s son Billy is a Scots Guards veteran, now confined to a wheelchair because of injuries suffered in the 1982 Falklands campaign, and she says a main aim is to try and ensure all veterans receive the same level of practical support,

“I saw a programme featuring a disabled ex-serviceman and decided then and there I’d put everything into that cause,” she said.

Helped by family members Mrs Boyce works every day producing cards that sell for just £1 each.

She buys all her own materials and every penny raised goes to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

“I mainly sell them to family and friends,” she said, “but there’s a growing demand - and during one special event I managed to raise £600.”

David McAllister, Lanarkshire chairman of SSAFA,said:“This lady was already specially honoured by SSAFA last year, and just keeps on going from strength to strength.

“The money raised by her beautiful cards is put to the best possible use.”