A CHARITY dedicated to helping ex-soldiers in Mid Cheshire readjust to civilian life is holding a fundraising bash with a difference.
The Winsford branch of the Cheshire Regiment Association has abandoned its traditionally formal annual get-together in favour of a fun-packed Valentine's Dance.
It hopes the change will attract a wider variety of people.
The group offers assistance to ex-servicemen who return home having been injured or traumatised in war. It puts money towards anything from counselling for psychological problems to buying household furniture.
Secretary and founder Richard Rawlinson said: 'Soldiers can experience a lot of problems on returning home from war, whether it be stress-related, financial or personal.
'We aim to assist where we can in the convalescence of our members and help those who have fallen on hard times.''Our annual fundraiser is normally a bit of a regimental affair, but we decided it was time to do something a bit different.
'It's always a good night but we just fancied a change. We'll be having a Valentine's Day theme, so hopefully we'll be seeing quite a few couples and new faces. It's open to everyone.'
Mr Rawlinson, 52, of Beech Grove in Winsford, formed the group in 1979 after serving in Belfast six years earlier.
The charity is looking to business to donate prizes for a raffle or sponsor the event. Contact Richard on 01606 554678.
The Valentine's fundraiser is at Winsford Conservative Club, Ways Green, on February 17. The fun starts at 7pm and tickets cost £3.