fundraising efforts by a grieving Sheffield mum whose son was killed in Afghanistan have paid off - with a new war memorial being erected at the cemetery where he is buried.
Nicolette Williams, whose son, Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge, of the RAF Regiment, died in 2007, has raised £35,000 for the momument in Shiregreen Cemetery - the only burial ground in Sheffield which is currently without a war memorial.
She has been helped by Ann Fellows, whose Royal Marine son Lance Corporal Steven Jamie Fellows was also killed in Afghanistan the following year.
The memorial, dedicated to Christopher, Jamie and the 69 World War Two soldiers buried in Shiregreen cemetery, will be unveiled on Friday, September 14.
Nicolette said: “I have mixed emotions - I am really pleased and proud that the memorial is being erected but I wish Christopher was still alive. The aim is to honour all the servicemen in the cemetery.”
Brightside and Hillsborough Labour MP David Blunkett, who has donated £5,000 towards Nicolette’s appeal, said: “If ever there was a shining example of people power, it’s Nicolette’s driving force coupled with the tremendous support of Ann.”