Ed Miliband visits Eskbank veterans’ charity

Ed Milliband visits the Mark Wright Project at Hardengreen Business Park.
Ed Milliband visits the Mark Wright Project at Hardengreen Business Park.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said it would be a “tragedy” if the parents of fallen Dalkeith paratrooper Mark Wright had to sell his medals to save the charity set up in his honour.

Mr Miliband, accompanied by Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray, visited the Eskbank-based charity on Friday, January 21.

He had been invited along after meeting Bob and Jem Wright at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

The drop-in centre – which is totally reliant on charitable donations – was set up in 2009 in honour of the couple’s son Corporal Mark Wright, who was killed by an explosion while trying to save colleagues from an unmarked minefield in Helmand province.

The charity is dedicated to helping injured ex-service personnel return to civilian life and to supporting the relatives of those killed in the line of duty.

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