Portsmouth charity builds playhouse for son of murdered soldier Lee Rigby

Jack Rigby in his playhouse

Jack Rigby in his playhouse

David Sanderson

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THE son of murdered soldier Lee Rigby enjoyed a birthday treat with a lasting legacy after a helping hand from an armed forces charity.

Forces Support, which is based in Portsmouth, stepped in to give little Jack Rigby a birthday to remember by building him a indoor fun room and outdoor playhouse.

Undated Ministry of Defence handout photo of Drummer Lee Rigby as two men are due to make separate appearances in court today charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 3, 2013. Michael Adebolajo, 28, of Romford, Essex, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court, while Michael Adebowale, 22, has already been charged with murdering the young soldier and is due to appear at the Old Bailey. It comes as David Cameron prepares to make a Commons statement about Drummer Rigby's killing this afternoon, when MPs return from their half-term break. The soldier was hacked to death near Woolwich Barracks in south east London as he strolled back to base on May 22.  See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: MoD/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require fu

Undated Ministry of Defence handout photo of Drummer Lee Rigby as two men are due to make separate appearances in court today charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 3, 2013. Michael Adebolajo, 28, of Romford, Essex, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court, while Michael Adebowale, 22, has already been charged with murdering the young soldier and is due to appear at the Old Bailey. It comes as David Cameron prepares to make a Commons statement about Drummer Rigby's killing this afternoon, when MPs return from their half-term break. The soldier was hacked to death near Woolwich Barracks in south east London as he strolled back to base on May 22. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: MoD/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require fu

It was a dream come true for the four-year-old, whose father was brutally killed in a street in Woolwich, London, in May last year.

Forces Support built Jack a playroom with a Thomas the Tank Engine theme plus an outdoor playhouse and trampoline, in the hope it will offer a therapeutic place for the youngster to relax and remember his father.

A memorial stone stands in the garden, with an inscription reading: ‘I’m the whisper in the wind and I’ll be there until the end.’

Charity chief executive Bill McCance, from Portsmouth, said: ‘The garden and playroom will allow Jack to make many happy memories with his friends and will offer space to reflect and play.

‘We created a space for recreational time, the time Jack would have shared with his dad.

‘We wanted to make sure it was a birthday to remember and one which promised happy memories and a positive future ahead.’

As well as providing the treats for Jack’s birthday, Forces Support also decorated the hallway and landing of the Rigbys’ home, where Jack lives with mum Rebecca.

The charity’s staff also designed a beautiful landscaped driveway.

In a note sent to the charity afterwards, Rebecca wrote: ‘I honestly can not thank you and your team enough for what you’ve all done for us.

‘‘The playroom is fantastic, and I’m sure Jack will spend many hours having fun in there.

‘He’s got a lovely playhouse in the garden now and an area he can enjoy outside.’

Fusilier Rigby’s killers, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were both jailed for life for the murder of the 25-year-old near the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

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