CAROLINE BACKS COMMONS CHARITY CHALLENGE

“We all have a duty to help support our veterans which is why I am taking part in recreating the iconic Lords Vs Commons Pigeon Race to support Combat Stress” Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, will be sponsoring a bird in the Lords Vs Commons Pigeon Race on the 13th June to help raise money for charity.

The race is being organised by the all Party Parliamentary Pigeon Racing Group which will release 650 birds with each designated to a sponsoring MP or Peer. The proceeds will be donated to ex-servicemen’s charity Combat Stress which supports veteran’s mental health needs.

During both World Wars Pigeon fanciers donated thousands of birds to help the war effort, crucial for delivering messages across the front.

Commenting Caroline said: “It’s no surprise that the Gosport Constituency is home to many veterans - we are proud of our enduring links with our armed forces.  I was surprised to learn that Parliament has a link with pigeon racing, with annual events held up until 1928.

It is therefore fitting that, in this centenary year of the Armistice, we recreate this historic event to support our veterans today who continue to bear the scars of conflict.

If anyone knows a veteran struggling to cope please do call Combat Stress’ helpline 0800 138 1619.”