Mother nears £35,000 for war memorial

A SHEFFIELD mother whose her airman son died in Afghanistan is nearing her £35,000 target to create a war memorial.

Nicolette Williams wants to create the memorial in Shiregreen Cemetery where Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge is buried. He was killed aged 20 in 2007.

It is the only cemetery in Sheffield without a memorial, even though 69 servicemen killed in World War Two are interred there.

So far Nicolette has raised £32,000, boosted most recently by £1,000 from a marathon skating session at iceSheffield in Attercliffe that was organised by Dean Staniland, aged 20, son of one of Nicolette’s friends.

It involved dozens of his friends attempting to skate 6,400 laps of the rink - the equivalent number of miles to a return journey from Britain to Afghanistan.

Nicolette said: I’m thrilled to be on the cusp of making the project a reality.

“We now need to give the appeal a final push. It’s been a lot of hard work and legwork – and is thanks to so many people’s generosity.”