Afghan Heroes Commemorate First Anniversary

The mums behind a charity supporting troops in Iraq and their families say they're amazed at the response they've had.

Afghan Heroes was set up by Denise Harris after her son Lee was killed in Helmand province in July 2009. She was joined by other mums who had also lost their children.

She told Heart 'At that time it was the worst 24 hours in Afghanistan. We lost 8 of our boys, seven of us mothers launched the charity because we realised there was support missing for the families and we wanted to keep the memory of our boys alive.'

Since then they've raised more than half a million pounds. With that cash they've been able to send a comfort parcel to every single British service person in Afghanistan. They've also bought a holiday home for the use of families who's family members are killed in the conflict. Headley Court, where many seriously injured troops are treated, have also benefited with a the money for a professional pool table there.

The charity is holding a black tie ball to raise cash in October, to find out how to get tickets or just more about the charity click on the link on the right.