A YOUNG soldier has set off for his first deployment to Afghanistan – as his mum launches a fundraising drive to support his regiment.
Private Jamie Mumby, 20, of Darley Dale, said he will be fulfiling his boyhood dream to serve as a soldier for the first time and after months of gruelling training, he has flown out to Afghanistan to join the 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment this week.
Jamie said: “I have always wanted to go in to the Army since I was at school.
“I enjoy the team work and I’ve made some really good friends and I get to travel a lot.”
He added: “I’m a bit apprehensive to see what it’s like but I feel ready now and just want to get out there now and crack on with it. Some of my friends have gone out there already.”
Proud mum Lorrain Brown has launched a fundraising appeal to support 2 Mercian.
So far she has raised £1,700 with help from her colleagues at Derbyshire Dales District Council and a stall at Darley Dale’s Festival of Transport.
The money is set to be handed over by the district council’s chief executive David Wheatcroft to Brigadier Andrew Williams at a ceremony on November 3.
Lorrain said: “My father was in the Army so Jamie has known the military all his life and always said he was going to join.
“He absolutely loves it and I’m very proud of him.”
Lorrain added: “I hope this raises awareness of the Matlock lads who are going out to Afghanistan.
“This money is really needed to pay for treatment and to support their families.”
Jamie, who went to Lady Manners School in Bakewell and was a member of the town’s army cadets, said he had seen first hand where the money went.
He added: “The money goes to help injured soldiers. They go to Birmingham Hospital for treatment and their families go there to see them.
“One of my mates lost a limb on the last tour and went to Birmingham Hospital. He’s doing well now and has just got engaged.”
Wristbands to raise money for the regiment are available from the Mercury office in Firs Parade for £2 each.
Businesses wanting to support 2 Mercian and sell wristbands can contact Lorrain on 01629 732871.