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Market traders' gift to military rehab unit

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

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A military rehabilitation and recovery unit dedicated to injured service personnel has received an early Christmas present thanks to Plymouth City Market.

Staff, traders and customers have been busy collecting supplies for the accommodation block of Hasler Company, based at Plymouth's Devonport Naval base.

A haul of goodies, including books, DVDs, jigsaws and toiletries, has been delivered to the unit for use by families visiting injured relatives.

Matt Jones, manager of the market, said: "After hearing that Hasler Company had recently built an accommodation block to house visiting families of injured service personnel, we decided to help them out.

"Over the past few months we have collected books and DVDs to create a library for both service personnel and families to use, as well as donating tea and coffee supplies. We basically wanted to help where we could, so supplying them with things that they would otherwise have to supply themselves gives them the ability to focus their funds elsewhere. Plymouth has an extensive history with the armed forces and we're proud to be home to so many service people. Doing this for them is just to remind them that the people of Plymouth greatly appreciate what they do."

Scotty Mills, officer commanding Hasler Company, said: "I think that the public's support is at its best down here in Devon. There are so many people here who think so much of us. Thank you for all your energy and efforts."

Warrant Officer Tony Jacka, second-in-command at Hasler Company, added: "The support is always there, even during times of financial hardship. The service community and in particular the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, are very humbled by the constant level of support and gifts."

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