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Dad raises money in memory of his soldier son

Roddy Pool raises money in memory of his son Lance Corporal Joseph Pool Photo: itv border

A father whose son died while serving in Afghanistan says he son would have been "proud" to know that money raised in his memory is going to help injured soldiers.

Lance Corporal Joseph Pool died in Helmand Province in 2010.

Thousands of pounds collected by his father, Roddy, will now be used to improve facilities at a respite centre near Dumfries, where wounded soldiers from all over the UK go to recover from their injuries.

It's been 18 months since lance corporal Joseph Pool from Dumfries died in Helmand province serving with the Royal Scots Borderers.

He was killed in a rocket attack.

His father Roddy Pool and his work colleagues have been landscaping the garden at Soutwest Scotland RnR at Carsthorn, south of Dumfries and hope to build a log cabin over looking the sea.

It's not just in the memory of his son but of another Dumfries solider private James Lindsay who took his own life after serving in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Joseph Pool Credit: itv border

Joseph would be very proud and the fact that it's in his memory and also young private James Lindsay, we're doing something in their memory.

I think both the boys would be very proud.

It's been a struggle like it would be for any other family. You've just got to take it day to day. It's very hard because Joseph's mum isn't coping whatsoever so it's been very hard but life goes on. We've just got to get on with it.

– Roddy Pool
Roddy Pool presents a cheque for £3,500 Credit: itv border

Southwest Scotland RnR has given temporary respite to more than 270 soldiers affected by conflict in the past 3 years.

It provides residential holidays which include a wide range of outdoor activities arranged and supported by the local community.

Jennefer, who is director of Southwest Scotland RnR, comes from a military background.

She was born in India and her father served with the 2nd Punjab Regiment.

But says she just wants to help soldiers.

And now she's appealing to people in Dumfries to help her give her charity a boost by voting online to ensure she is nomiated for the Scottish Council for the Voluntary Organisaions.

If she does well it could mean the charity goes onto be put forward for a People's Choise Award, all of which could help her in her bid to fund-raise.