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PRINCE WILLIAM 'FIXES IT' FOR INJURED ARMY PAL

Posted on 23 February 2008  - 12:00

The Club was happy to assist when Prince William personally stepped in to help one of his army pals, badly burned in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan, to see us play Chelsea in the Carling Cup Final.

The Club was happy to assist when Prince William personally stepped in to help one of his army pals, badly burned in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan, to see us play Chelsea in the Carling Cup Final.

Lance Corporal Martyn Compton, 24, received 70 per cent burns when a roadside bomb blew up his armoured vehicle in southern Afghanistan last August.

Corporal Compton and his bride to be Michelle Clifford are both fanatical Spurs fans but could not secure any tickets for tomorrow’s Wembley final until Prince William offered to make contact with the Club on his behalf.

The Prince has been deeply involved with fellow soldiers who have been injured in conflict and also arranged for Corporal Compton to attend the Diana Memorial concert last year.

He has also played in a polo match to help specifically raise funds for the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, which supports soldiers badly injured in war zones.

Corporal Compton served in D Squadron in the Household Cavalry, The Blues and Royals with Prince William and Prince Harry when they were all based at Windsor barracks and they became friends.

A close friend said: "Prince William was very upset when he learned of Martyn's injuries and knows he is a massive Spurs fan so he made some enquiries with the club and managed to get him a couple of tickets for Martyn and Michelle.

“William has valued the camaraderie of D Squadron and like every member of the squad they care for each and support each and William has taken a very close personal interest in every soldier who has been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

A spokesperson for Spurs said: "We are very conscious of the courage shown by all our armed forces and the sacrifices they make. We are delighted that Martyn and Michelle will be at Wembley to cheer us on and pleased that we can help.”

A working fund has been started aimed at helping to provide financial support to injured soldiers and their families.
Any donation, however small, would be enormously helpful and would be greatly appreciated.

For further information please Email: wilbjuk@yahoo.co.uk Donations/ Cheques should be made payable to ‘Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund or HCCCF (Registered Charity Number 1013978)’ and sent to D Squadron Leader, Household Cavalry Regiment, Combermere Barracks, Windsor, SL4 3DN. In advance, your generosity is greatly appreciated.