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Birmingham International Tattoo support local Troop Aid charity at 2017 event

The organisers of the Birmingham International Tattoo are delighted to announce that on the Saturday evening during the 2017 event they will be raising money for local Birmingham charity Troop Aid through a retiring collection and a contribution from the sale of programmes during the evening. In addition, the charity will also have a presence in the concourse area where members of the audience can discover more about their work or buy items which will further help contribute to this worthy cause.

When service personnel are injured either on training exercise or in combat operations they are admitted to hospital without their personal effects or clothing. Troop Aid supplies them with a grab bag of the 'basic essentials'. Items in the Grab Bag include T-shirt and shorts, washing and shaving kit, towel, face flannel, toothpaste, toothbrush, shower mules, socks, underwear, pen and paper. They also make up Grab Bags for injured female service personnel. In addition to this emergency pack they also supply on demand to the injured service personnel many other items of clothing and footwear such as tracksuits, hoodies, fleeces and trainers.

Troop Aid deal directly with the Defence Medical Welfare Service and other military medical establishments in the UK where there is a need. Their Grab Bags are currently being used in the Field Hospitals in Cyprus and Kenya, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and the Ministry of Defence Hospital Units in Plymouth, Portsmouth, Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Medical Centre ITC Catterick Garrison and MDHU Northallerton.

It costs £30.00 to make up one of our Grab Bags and the Tattoo organisers are pleased to be able to support fundraising at this year's Tattoo to support this worthy cause.

To find out more about the work of the Troop Aid visit their website.