Fundraising mum’s help for firefighter

Nicolette Williams has raised �1000 for Gavin Walker to help with modifications to his home in Thorpe Hesley after he was paralysed in a freak accident last year
Nicolette Williams has raised �1000 for Gavin Walker to help with modifications to his home in Thorpe Hesley after he was paralysed in a freak accident last year
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FUNDRAISING heroine Nicolette Williams - who led a campaign to raise £35,000 for a new war memorial - has stepped in to support a paralysed fireman with money for adaptations to his home.

Nicolette, who started out raising cash for military charity Help for Heroes, reached the target to pay for the memorial at Shiregreen Cemetery last autumn.

The burial ground - the only one in Sheffield without a memorial - is the resting place of her son, Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge, who was killed, aged 20, while serving in Afghanistan in 2007.

Some 69 World War Two soldiers are also buried there.

Despite success with the memorial appeal, Nicolette has continued to hold fundraising sales in Shiregreen in support of Help for Heroes and she has also decided to donate £1,000 of the money raised to fireman Gavin Walker, aged 28, of Thorpe Hesley.

Gavin, formerly based at Mansfield Road fire station but now working in a desk job for the service, was paralysed after an accident in July 2010.

He slipped on wet decking at his mum’s home and landed on his head in a garden pool, breaking his neck.

Gavin and wife Victoria are raising money for household adaptations - they do not qualify for grants from the authorities because both work.

Gavin, father of 21 month-old Jasmine and whose wife is expecting their second child next month, said: “Nicolette said she wanted to raise the money because her younger son Jamie was a fire cadet at Elm Lane station and I came in to help them train.

“Jamie worked really hard and ended up receiving an award for his achievements. During the time I was helping him and the other cadets, I had the accident.

“We are really grateful to Nicolette.”

Nicolette, honoured as one of The Star’s Christmas Stars for her outstanding fundraising work, said: “Gavin did a lot to help Jamie when he was in the fire cadets. He also took time out to talk to me about Christopher’s death.

“I thought it was only right to do something to help Gavin after his accident.”