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Community Shows Support After Burglary At Veterans’ Centre

The Veterans Garage in Manchester had an iPad, a drill and money stolen.

The Veterans Garage was founded after a soldier's return from Afghanistan (Picture: Veterans Garage).

A local community in Manchester has rallied to support a veterans' centre after it was burgled.

The Veterans Garage in Eccles had a window smashed, an iPad and drill stolen and money taken out of the till and charity boxes.

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The centre had money taken out of the till and charity boxes (Picture: Veterans Garage)

The garage was founded after soldier Jay Redshaw returned from Afghanistan, struggling to cope with the loss of a friend on the frontline.

His family decided to set up a social and welfare centre for those ex-service personnel in need and the garage has since won a social enterprise award.

“We wouldn’t be open today without their help,” Mr Redshaw told Forces News.

“They [the community] have organised some events for this weekend for fundraising events. There’s a car event on Sunday…

"They’re all rallying around working to how we can raise some more funds to replace the ones that we’ve lost.”

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Jay Redshaw in Afghanistan (Picture: Redshaw Family).

The centre 'brings the community, the public and veterans together' and 'breaks down social isolation' according to Mr Redshaw:

“On top of that, we offer professional services brought in from the NHS and Combat Stress to deliver counselling.”

The Veterans’ Garage hopes it can now get on with planning events for 2019, with family fun days, a music festival and a car and bike show all on the cards.