Salon supporting the forces heroes

The Vikki Ryan Salon on Lister Street is to hold a fundraiser for Help for Heroes. Pictured with Vikki (seated) are staff members Jamielee Spence (left) and Katrena Parkinson.
The Vikki Ryan Salon on Lister Street is to hold a fundraiser for Help for Heroes. Pictured with Vikki (seated) are staff members Jamielee Spence (left) and Katrena Parkinson.

THE sister of a soldier who crawled along a bomb-filled path to rescue his injured colleagues under Taliban fire is helping to show her support for those at war.

Despite being completely exposed to Taliban snipers, Corporal Carl Spence, 28, from Hartlepool, crawled more than 90ft to each casualty and treated their wounds in the soaring 40C heat after an explosion in Afghanistan.

His mine detector had been destroyed in the 2008 blast, but the former Manor College of Technology student prodded his way down the trails and cleared a wider path to allow the injured soldiers to be carried on a stretcher to safety.

As previously reported in the Mail, Corporal Spence was awarded a Joint Commander’s Commendation for showing “exceptional coolness” amidst the dust, mayhem and confusion of the horror situation.

The heroic soldier, of the Para 23 Engineer Regiment, now lives just outside of Ipswich with his wife, Jess, 25, and their two-year-old daughter, Bella.

His proud younger sister, Jamielee Spence, 24, is showing her support for Corporal Spence and everyone else in the forces with a fundraising event this weekend.

Jamielee is a beauty therapist at Vikki Ryan Salon and Boutique, in Lister Street, where staff wanted to organise an event to mark the business’ one-year anniversary.

Tombolas, raffles and auctions will all be on offer at Saturday’s event at the salon, which will run from 10.30am-4pm and every penny raised will be donated to Help for Heroes.

A make-up tutorial will run throughout the day and massages will be on offer for punters.

Kids will also enjoy the day as their favourite Disney and TV characters pay the salon a visit.

Jamielee, who lives in Islay Grove, Hartlepool, said: “Vikki wanted to organise an event to celebrate being open a year and we all agreed that Help for Heroes was a brilliant cause.

“We have got all sorts going on for all of the family to enjoy.”

Staff at the salon are hoping to raise around £1,000 for the charity at Saturday’s event and an upcoming sky dive which will also help to boost the funds.

Vikki, 27, who runs the business, added: “I’m really looking forward to the event, hopefully we will get a good turn out.”

As well as Saturday’s event, Vikki, Jamielee and their colleague Katrena Parkinson are also planning to take part in a sponsored 10-mile walk for the cause.