FINANCIERS raised more than £25,000 in memory of a fallen marine at a gala dinner.
BBC newsreader Kate Silverton hosted the Aberdeen UK Platform Awards, organised by Clive Waller, from Stroud, near Petersfield.
He was a friend of Marine Richard Hollington, who in 2010, became the 300th member of UK armed forces to be killed in Afghanistan.
Before joining the Marines, Mne Hollington worked at Mr Waller’s local pub – and ever since his death Mr Waller has raised cash for Help for Heroes in his memory.
The total amount of money raised in Mne Hollington’s name now stands at more than £60,000.
The event at the London Marriott in Grosvenor Square was a dinner for a specialist sector of the retail investment industry, and was organised by Mr Waller and his wife Monica’s Petersfield-based consultancy, CWC Research.
He said: ‘Whilst the objective is to reward success and achievement in the investment platform world, we believe guests having such a good time should be able to find a few quid for those in greater need.
‘The donations collected at the table are matched by CWC and by the main sponsors, Aberdeen Asset Management.
‘Richard was a chum of ours through which we’ve got to know his father Robin.
‘He was present at the event with Marine Mat Hancox, himself injured in Afghanistan, who spoke most eloquently about the needs of injured personnel in being equipped to support themselves in the future.
‘Mat is 24 and was shot in the shoulder a year ago.
‘He has just left Headley Court and started a university course. He was incredibly charismatic. ‘
Since his son’s death Mr Hollington, from Steep, near Petersfield, has seen friends, family and even complete strangers push the fundraising figure for Help for Heroes to almost £250,000.
He said: ‘It was an extremely good event.
‘Marine Hancox delivered the keynote speech for the charity and he was brilliant. There was an individual there who, the following day, donated £1,000. It was incredible and is pushing us further towards the quarter-of-a-million-pound mark.’
To make a donation go to justgiving.com/Marine-Richard-Hollington