Mum aims to raise £1 million in memory of Marine son

Marine Jonathan Wigley was raised in Grantham.

Marine Jonathan Wigley was raised in Grantham.

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PROUD mum Sharon Wigley is asking all patriotic Granthamians to donate £1 in memory of her son who was killed serving his country in Afghanistan in 2006.

Former Central Technology College pupil Marine Jonathan Wigley was just 21 when he was killed by fire from an American plane on December 5, 2006.

Sharon, now living in Hampshire, set up a charity in memory of her son which aims to help soldiers who have lost limbs serving their country.

Now she is asking for one million people to donate a single pound to help Britain’s injured soldiers.

Sharon said: “I set the charity up with help from Jonathan’s friends and his former girlfriend and we are raising money towards the cost of high-spec wheel chairs and prosthetic limbs for injured soldiers.

“The soldiers get things while they are serving but once they are discharged they have to rely on the NHS who don’t necessarily provide good quality limbs.

“Some can have a starting price of £15,000 and £5,000 for the sockets which have to be replaced and repaired.

“It is horrendously expensive for them just to get themselves mobile again.”

Sharon’s charity, SHRAPNEL, gained charitable status in October but is a relatively small organisation.

Sharon said: “Sometimes when people come for help we have to explain we are only a small charity and don’t have as much money as we would like.

“The equipment they need is horrendously expensive, so if anyone wants to run a marathon for us, sit in a tub of beans for us, anything, it will go to a good cause.”

l You can make a donation by texting “SHRA21 £1” to 70070. If you would like to text more than £1, simply change the figure in your text. For more on SHRAPNEL, log on to www.shrapnelonline.org.uk