In memory of a true hero

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THE grieving family of fallen soldier Christopher Davies have donated more than £2,300 to a military charity.

Guardsman Davies died aged 22 after he was shot by Taliban insurgents during a patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province last November.

Guardsman Christopher Davies

Guardsman Christopher Davies

Mourners who attended his funeral at St Mary’s Lowe House Church were asked to donate to ABF The Soldier’s Charity rather than send floral tributes.

A total of £2,336 was raised, which the Irish Guard’s mum Catherine Needle and sister Bernadette Deardan handed over to the charity’s regional chairman Phil Daniels.

Mrs Needle said: “Everybody has been very generous, particularly Christopher’s friends and family.

“His former primary school, St Thomas of Canterbury, also raised a lot of money and the church collection at his funeral alone raised around £750.

“It helps to know that this money will support soldiers in need. Christopher would have been so proud to know how much has been raised, he really would. It’s incredible.”

Mr Daniels added: “It is a great shame that the money has been raised out of such sad circumstances, but it will be used to help soldiers, those from as far back as World War Two and those returning from Afghanistan today.”