South Yorkshire soldier’s fiancee to hit heights

Natalie Doherty, daughter Mia and her fianc� Christopher Shaw.

Natalie Doherty, daughter Mia and her fianc� Christopher Shaw.

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A MILITARY wife-in-waiting from South Yorkshire is doing her bit to help children and families with relatives fighting in conflict.

Mum-of-one Natalie Doherty, aged 24, has organised a family fun day to honour the memory of the fallen members of the 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

While her fiance Private Chris Shaw is away on a six-month tour of Afghanistan, the Swallownest woman spends each day worrying about the soldier.

But she has channelled her anxiety into something positive by organising the event, which takes place at Kimberworth Park pub, Rotherham, on Sunday, July 22.

Inspired by the bravery shown by members of the armed forces, she has arranged for a 175ft bungee jump crane to come to the town.

There will be a balloon release paying tribute to the soldiers from the 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The most recent was Christopher’s comrade, Private Gregg Stone.

The 20-year-old, from Hornsea, near Beverley, was shot dead earlier this month as he took part in a mission to rescue a policeman.

Money raised will be split between Help for Heroes and My Daddy Is A Soldier Adventures, which has helped Natalie’s two-year-old daughter Mia cope with Chris’s absence.

The charity runs trips for sons and daughters of servicemen and women and funded a CD of Chris reading Mia’s favourite bedtime story – Peppa Pig - so she would not forget the sound of his voice.

Natalie said: “Chris has lost friends out there. He doesn’t really talk about it when we are the phone but it is hard with him being out there in Afghanistan.

“I felt I wanted to do something just to keep myself busy more than anything. We’re supposed to be getting married at the end of next year.

“You never know when Chris is going to call. It varies how much we get to speak to him and it’s usually when Mia has gone to bed, so she absolutely loves her CD. It’s a really good idea.

“Not a lot of people know about the charity and I thought this was a nice way to help.

“It has been stressful at times but I like to feel like I am giving something back.”

Along with the bungee jump, there will be a family fun day with Peppa Pig, go-karting and other activities.

n To take part in the bungee jump, email Natalie at h4h.mydaddy@yahoo.co.uk