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Lunch helps Captain Ian raise more charity cash.

A CHARITY lunch has helped boost a fundraising effort by a Yarm soldier.

Captain Ian Flannery, pictured, organised an event at the One-O-Four restaurant in Yarm high street to raise money for the Captain James Philippson Trust, established in memory of a fallen friend.

The event followed Capt Flannery's mammoth trek across the Sahara Desert in aid of the cause.

Restaurant manager Peter Huggins provided meals and staff free of charge.

After the meal, Ian spoke about his exploits in the desert while David Philippson - Cpt James Philippson's brother - gave an insight into the work the trust does. An auction of sports memorabilia was then held.

The lunch raised pounds 2,815 from ticket sales and the auction, taking Ian's overall fundraising efforts over the pounds 10,000 mark.

The trust was established after Capt "Jim" Philippson was killed, aged 29, when deployed in Sangin, Afghanistan, in 2006.

Capt Flannery, 35, is currently serving with the UK Ministry of Defence Saudi Arabian National Guard Communication Project Team, also known as SANGCOM.

In August he will be deployed to Afghanistan for a six-month tour.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2012
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