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