Builders merchant Thompson Building Centres and sister plumbers merchant TAPS are supporting a new charity Brothers In Arms.
The charity has been given a free fully equipped office at the merchant’s Sunderland headquarters to use as the centre for fundraising efforts.
Brothers in Arms aims to build a memorial for fallen servicemen and women and was set up by the mothers of five fallen service personnel and aims to raise £50,000 to help build a permanent memorial wall for all servicemen and women from Sunderland and East Durham who have lost their life in combat or on training exercises.
Thompsons managing director Anne Ganley has not only pledged the company’s support but has also promised Brothers In Arms “full use of all of Thompson’s and TAPS resources” to help them reach their goal.
“The young servicemen and women of our region deserve to be remembered by everyone because they’ve lost their lives while serving their country,” she says.
“Honouring their memory is the very least we can do and Thompson Building Centres and TAPS want to whatever they can to help the parents of these brave men and women achieve their goal to see service men and women past and future publically recognised.”
Ganley has also pledged to donate up to £10,000 worth of building materials to help the creation of the memorial.
Janice Murray, whose son Pte Michael Tench, was one of the youngest soldiers to be killed in action, is one of the five founders of Brothers In Arms.
She said: “We are incredibly grateful to Anne and everyone at Thompson Building Centres and TAPS for this amazing gift. Brothers In Arms can now move forward as a charity and we can get the message out to everyone.”