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:: Massereene Poppy Badge ::

Tribute to Soldiers Killed

To date over 10,000 badges have been sold. Once all monies have been received after Remembrance Day, arrangements are to be made for a presentation to the Royal Engineers Benevolent Fund.

A badge commemorating two soldiers murdered by dissident republicans has raised more than £7,000 for an Army benevolent fund.

In March, Sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, from Birmingham, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, from north London, were killed in a gun attack at Massereene Army barracks in Antrim. Another two soldiers and two pizza delivery boys were also injured.

The sappers had been due to leave for Afghanistan that week. Two days later, dissidents shot dead Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon.

The badges are being sold by Randalstown Distict LOL 22 to raise money for the Royal Engineers Benevolent Fund

RD LOL 22 Badge

Badges £2.50 Each (+ £1.00 Postage & Packing)

Please make cheques payable to: RD LOL 22

Available by writing to: RD LOL 22, c/o 1 Lough Road, Antrim, BT41 4DG.

All profits to: Royal Engineers Benevolent Fund

For further information, please contact:

District Master Robert Clyde said: "Back in March when the murders happened, the four lodges that make up our district met and everybody spoke of their shock and sadness at what had happened".

"There was a general consensus we wanted to do something for the police and the Royal Engineers based in Antrim, which is more or less only four miles down the road from us".

"We organised a coffee morning and from the proceeds of that we donated £675 to the RUC Benevolent Fund and the Royal Engineers Benevolent Fund".

"Then we came up with the idea of the badges - although we have not advertised them anywhere we have sold almost 5,000 of them which has raised more then £7,000 so far, just through word of mouth".

"All the proceeds will go to the Royal Engineers Benevolent Fund".

"It has all been through just word of mouth. One of our members went off to a parade in Liverpool and took 80 of the badges with him - he came back with none and said they had gone very quickly indeed. People have also been buying them in support of all the troops serving overseas at the moment, there is a lot of support for them".

"We would like to keep selling them just to see how much money we can make to give to the Royal Engineers after those most repugnant murders".

Thank you for your support.

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