Mother of dead Royal Marine raises money to help injured service personnel (From Andover Advertiser)
When news happens, text AND and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Mother of dead Royal Marine raises money to help injured service personnel
THE MOTHER of a Royal Marine killed in a friendly fire incident is raising money to help severely injured service personnel.
Sharon Wigley, of Morris Street, Hook, set up the Shrapnel charity in July 2010 to help raise money towards the cost of high-spec wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs for injured soldiers.
Her son, Private Jonathan Wigley, of 45 Commando, died on December 5, 2006, when he was hit by a 20mm round misdirected by an American fighter aircraft called in to strike the Taliban. He was 21.
She is now organising a virtual balloon race which involves people paying £2 for a balloon that will fly around a map on a dedicated website. Balloons can receive a boost through added donations or answering trivia questions.
Mrs Wigley said: “We did one before and it was really successful and people were logging on every day to see where their balloon had gone.”
The race will start on March 14 and last for two weeks. To enter, visit balloonrace.com/shrapnel.