The 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment has set up a fund to raise money for a permanent memorial to members of the regiment killed while serving in Afghanistan and to provide assistance to severely injured soldiers and their families. The battalion has over 600 soldiers deployed in the northern sector of Helmand province, where some of the fiercest fighting has taken place. Nine soldiers have lost their lives and over 50 others have been wounded.
A local micro brewery has come up with an unsual way to help raise money for the memorial fund with their ‘Buy the Boys a Beer’ campaign. This enables members of the public to purchase a bottle of beer which is sent, with a personal message label, to returning soldiers at the battalion headquarters at Purbright. For each bottle purchased, a donation is also made to the memorial fund.