The army offers people unique opportunities for challenge and adventure, both at home and overseas, during peacetime and on operations.
It develops personal qualities that are key to success in any walk of life: leadership, judgement, determination, and physical stamina.
More top news
The great-grandmother-of-seven has explained why she won't retire from her fast food job after four decades - despite the 5am shift starts.
Sunshine gives way to cloud and showers
The Metropolitan Police Federation, which set up the official JustGiving site, said it felt a "suitable amount" had been collected.