Community rallies for injured Pinxton soldier

Friends and family of Pinxton soldier Jack Hawksley have come together to form the Jack Hawksley Pinxton Fund, supported by SSAFA, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and are preparing to hold  a charity football match on Sunday 26th August at Pinxton Miner's Welfare to raise funds for a double extension to his home. Jack Hawksley, centre, is pictured with members of the fund, pictured from the left are; Toby Seymour from SSAFA, Coun. Tom Alexander, Alan Cleaver, Carole Hawksley, Jack Hawksley, Shane Webster, Pinxton Manager Tim Graney and Coun. Phil Hanley.

Friends and family of Pinxton soldier Jack Hawksley have come together to form the Jack Hawksley Pinxton Fund, supported by SSAFA, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and are preparing to hold a charity football match on Sunday 26th August at Pinxton Miner's Welfare to raise funds for a double extension to his home. Jack Hawksley, centre, is pictured with members of the fund, pictured from the left are; Toby Seymour from SSAFA, Coun. Tom Alexander, Alan Cleaver, Carole Hawksley, Jack Hawksley, Shane Webster, Pinxton Manager Tim Graney and Coun. Phil Hanley.

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THE friends and family of a young Pinxton soldier who was injured in Afghanistan are organising a football match to raise money to adapt his house.

Jack was in the Army for eight years and undertook three tours of Afghanistan and one of Bosnia.

While serving in Afghanistan, Jack stepped on a bomb on 20th March just two days before completing his tour.

He underwent two below-knee amputations and sustained other serious injuries in the explosion.

He was taken to Camp Bastion, the British military hospital in Afghanistan, before being transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 21st March where he remained in a drug-induced coma for a fortnight.

Now the SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) Jack Hawksley Pinxton group is organising a football match, which will take place at 3pm on 26th August at the Pinxton Miners’ Welfare Football Ground.

The money will be used to make alterations to Jack’s home to improve his quality of life.

Organiser Alan Cleaver said: “We are trying to build a double extension for Jack and we are asking local businesses to get involved by donating materials or a few men to help build the extension.”

As a youngster, Jack played football for the Pinxton team as well as for Heanor Town and South Wingfield so a football match seemed fitting,

Alan added: “We just got together and everyone has come on board to raise as much money as possible.”

On the day, there will be a raffle and the prizes include a week’s luxury holiday at a hotel in Newquay.

Businesses owners and individuals are also being invited to take out sponsorship in the match programme or to sponsor a player.

For more details on how you can get involved, either with the building or sponsorship, contact Alan on 07971 739611.