Local veteran Phillip Gillespie has been named as fund-raiser of the year by ABF- The Soldier’s Charity.
At a gala ball held on Saturday evening in Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, he scooped the top prize for all his fund raising efforts in the past 12 months.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity held the ceremony in order to recognise those whom had gone the extra mile to raise money for Soldiers, ex-Soldiers and their families. Last August, Phillip and a team of former soldiers and reservists from the Ballymena area, completed the gruelling ‘Five Peaks Challenge’ which involved climbing the highest mountains in the United Kingdom and Ireland in order to raise money the charity.
The team conquered the five peaks over five days raising a fantastic £2,500 for the ABF which played a very important role in Phillip’s rehabilitation after he was wounded in Afghanistan.
In January 2011, Phillip was on his third tour when he stood on an IED, this resulted in him losing his lower right limb and suffering several fractures to his left leg. Although now medically discharged from the Army he will still be able to rely on this charity in any time of need.
Phillip said: “I really wasn’t expecting this. The ABF helped me when I was wounded and I just wanted to pay them back.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the ABF should text ARMY NI to 70004 which automatically donates £3.
Phillip would like to thank Wrightbus who sponsored the challenge which included transport costs for the five day fundraiser.