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Troops criticise Help for Heroes charity

The charity Help for Heroes was last night accused by some of the UK's worst wounded troops of spending cash on lavish building projects rather than practical help for wounded military personnel.

It has raised more than £140m in five years, but an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and 'Newsnight' uncovered instances of veterans having to pay for physiotherapy and prosthetic limbs.

Bryn Parry, the charity's co-foder, said he was deeply upset at the "misleading" accusations. "We have committed over £121m worth of support, both directly to individuals and to provide world-class facilities that would not otherwise have existed," he said.