‘On the run’ MP raises £1,000 for Rigby fund

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HELEN JOHN­SON

THE Lee Rigby Foun­da­tion has ben­e­fited from a £1,000 don­ta­tion from the MP for Hey­wood and Mid­dle­ton.

Liz McInnes pre­sented Lee’s mum Lyn with a cheque, af­ter rais­ing the money through tak­ing part in the Great Manch­ester Run in May.

The Lee Rigby Foun­da­tion is busy set­ting up a se­ries of projects.

Lee Rigby House will be a ‘grief re­treat’ for Armed Forces fam­i­lies with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus and pri­or­ity on those who are not next of kin, in­clud­ing part­ners, grand­par­ents, moth­ers, fathers and sib­lings.

The house is set within a 17-acre coun­try es­tate in Oakamoor, Stafford­shire, and the Foun­da­tion hopes to open this next month.

Lyn is the driv­ing force be­hind this project and the need for the house has been iden­ti­fied through her own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence.

Other projects in­clude ‘ The An­nex’, which is 13 units of ac­com­mo­da­tion for serv­ing per­son­nel and ex-Forces who need some respite and re­cu­per­a­tion, and ‘ The Lodge’, which will pro­vide six to eight houses for be­reaved fam­i­lies.

Linda Fisher from the Lee Rigby Foun­da­tion says: “Clearly our am­bi­tious plans need on­go­ing sup­port and fund­ing, so we are very grate­ful to Liz for her help fundrais­ing and build­ing aware­ness.

“We are work­ing in part­ner­ship with our lo­cal Armed Forces Covenant team and other part­ners to make this an ex­em­plar project all within one Coun­try Es­tate.

“We would like busi­nesses to sup­port our plans and we are work­ing hard ap­ply­ing for fund­ing, grants and rais­ing funds.”

Liz added: “I am de­lighted to have raised so much for such a fan­tas­tic cause.

“The Foun­da­tion was set up by Lee’s par­ents Lyn and Ian to help vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies when they need rest, respite and re­cov­ery.

“It is won­der­ful that Lee’s par­ents are do­ing some­thing so pos­i­tive to re­mem­ber their son by, which will hope­fully ben­e­fit count­less oth­ers in the mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies.

“Lee will never be for­got­ten by peo­ple in Mid­dle­ton, and through the Foun­da­tion his name and le­gacy will live on.”

For in­for­ma­tion about the work of the house, visit: leerig­by­lodge.org

Liz McInnes MP, right, with Lyn Rigby

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