Mother of Grantham soldier killed in Afghanistan raises virtual balloon race charity cash

Marine Jonathan Wigley was raised in Grantham.
Marine Jonathan Wigley was raised in Grantham.
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A web-based fundraiser is being run by a charity set up after the death of a Grantham soldier in Afghanistan.

The virtual balloon race fundraiser has been set up by Shrapnel, a charity established by Sharon Wigley following the death of her son Jonathan, a Royal Marine, in 2006.

It costs £2 per balloon to take part and participants can choose a colour and name for their balloon. You can have as many balloons as you wish. To take part go to

Mrs Wigley now lives in Hampshire but still raises funds with the help of friends in Grantham. Shrapnel raises money to buy equipment to help injured soldiers.

Mrs Wigley said: “We set out to raise money for prosthetic limbs and wheelchairs, but we will help them with anything they need to do with their disability.”

She added: “Balloons cost £2 each and you can be assured all money raised is going to a fantastic cause. We have a starting prize of a £30 Amazon voucher but we will increase the value of our first prize and add more prizes according to the number of balloons we sell.”

Jonathan was a pupil at Central Technology and Sports College from 1996 to 2001 and attended King’s School before signing up as a Royal Marine at the age of 17.