WALTHAMSTOW: Rap to raise money for injured soldiers

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A RAPPER whose brother was shot while serving in Afghanistan has released a charity record in aid of injured soldiers.

Richard Chin, whose rap name is Junior C, 25, from Hale End Road, Walthamstow, is donating the proceeds from the online sales of 'A to UK', which was released on Monday, to Help for Heroes.

His brother, Royal Marine Commando Corporal Ricardo Chin, 27, was shot during a heavy firefight in Helmand province in 2007.

After returning to the UK, Corporal Chin received financial support from the charity.

But Mr Chin questions that there are enough services dedicated to helping wounded soldiers.

"I personally don't believe that any of the soldiers who are injured are sorted out in the way that they should have," he said.

"After putting your life on the line for your country you should be given much more support.

"I think that injured soldiers should be given some sort of benefit. There are a lot of people who get paid a lot more money who don't risk their lives.

"There should be more support from the government, because the war was started by the government. They can buy weapons to fight the war but they can't support you if you're severely disabled."

Mr Chin said that his brother was badly affected by his experiences in the conflict.

"He has nightmares about it and talks quite loudly in his sleep, which is quite disturbing to hear."

"My brother and I went on holiday to Thailand after he came home. There was a lot of construction going on out there and whenever there was a bang or a loud noise coming from a building site, he would duck."

Mr Chin, who has been making music since he was 15, said his song isn't just about war in the Middle East but is also about putting everyday problems in the UK into perspective.

"There's a real war going on, people are risking their lives, then at the same time people are killing each other over trivial stuff," he said.

Corporal Chin, who also served a tour in Iraq, has been a Marine for nearly seven years and is now based in Scotland.

He can be heard on A to UK speaking about his experiences of warfare and of the firefight in which we was injured.

A striking image of the exit wound at the top of his back is featured on the track's promotional material.

Since it was founded in September 2007, Help for Heroes has raised £18 million, and has paid out more than £12 million to members and former members of Britain's armed forces.

A to UK is available to download now from iTunes Store, Amazon and a number of other online retailers.

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