Mum ‘gobsmacked’ by war memorial donations

Hero: Christopher Bridge.

Hero: Christopher Bridge.

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A GRIEVING mum whose airman son was killed in Afghanistan says she has been “gobsmacked” by the success of a collection in Sheffield bars and clubs to raise money for a new war memorial.

Nicolette Williams, mother of Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge, killed in a bomb blast in 2007, has teamed up with Ann Fellows, whose son, Royal Marine Lance Corporal Jamie Fellows, was killed in the conflict the following year, to campaign for a war memorial in Shiregreen Cemetery - the only burial ground in Sheffield without one.

It will honour both their sons, plus 69 servicemen buried at the cemetery who were killed in World War Two.

The women need to raise £30,000 - and had collected £18,000 before city centre PC Matt Burdett offered to organise a collection in city centre bars and clubs last weekend.

The exercise, which involved 30 venues, was such a success it will be repeated tonight and tomorrow night.

Nicolette, from Shiregreen, whose son is buried at the cemetery, said: “The amount from the first weekend stands at £4,665 - and I haven’t even counted all of it yet. I am totally dumbfounded, gobsmacked, even. I would like to thank all the venues who took part, everyone who contributed and PC Burdett for organising.

“I have been moved to tears by the amount of support people have given to the appeal.”

n Nicolette is appealing for individuals or businesses to help her raise the remaining £7,000. Email nicolettewilliams3@yahoo.co.uk

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