Revellers asked to dig deep for heroes

appealram'SAC Christopher Bridge
appealram'SAC Christopher Bridge
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REVELLERS will be asked to spare their change this weekend help raise money for a new war memorial to honour brave servicemen from a Sheffield suburb.

The Club Aid collection is taking place at around 30 bars and clubs in Sheffield, organised by PC Matt Burdett, of the city centre policing team, and Nicolette Williams, from Shiregreen.

Nicolette’s hero son, Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge, aged 20, died in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2007.

Christopher was part of the RAF Regiment, dedicated to patrolling airfields and providing security for flights by acting as gunners on aircraft.

Doormen at venues will carry collection buckets and ask for donations towards the appeal being run by Nicolette.

She is raising £30,000 for a memorial in Shiregreen Cemetery - the only burial ground in Sheffield without one - in honour of the 69 soldiers killed in World War Two who are buried there, as well as her son and Royal Marine Lance Corporal Jamie Fellows, who was killed in Sangin, Afghanistan, in 2008.

Christopher’s grave is also at Shiregreen Cemetery, and LCpl Fellows was from the area.

Nicolette said: “The idea for Club Aid came about when I was at the police bravery awards to receive a donation of £864 towards my appeal.

“PC Burdett was there and saw a video of Christopher which was shown. He said he wanted to help.”

Bar and nightclub owners agreed to participate at a meeting where they heard a presentation from Nicolette and Ann Fellows, the mother of LCpl Fellows, who is helping with the fund-raising.

PC Burdett said: “After they heard from the two ladies, there was not a dry eye in the room - they were all gobsmacked.”