Have a real dog’s dinner in memory of Hampshire hero

TRIBUTE Richard Hollington
TRIBUTE Richard Hollington

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THE latest fundraising scheme to honour a fallen Royal Marine is a real dog’s dinner.

The father of Marine Richard Hollington, who died aged 23 after a bomb blast in Afghanistan, has come up with a new charity event in aid of Hounds for Heroes.

Robin Hollington has called on people to hold dinner parties, turn their homes into restaurants for the night, or simply invite friends round for pizza in exchange for a donation to the charity which provides assistance dogs for wounded troops and emergency services workers.

The nationwide Dogs Dinner event on September 14 and 15 is the latest fundraising feat from the family which has raised more than £200,000 for Help for Heroes following the death of Mne Hollington, from Petersfield, in 2010.

Robin said: ‘‘If you normally have a takeaway at the weekend, perhaps make a meal at home instead and donate the difference.

‘If you’ve not seen your friends for a while, invite them over and ask them for an entrance fee of what they think the night’s entertainment is worth.

‘What we’re doing is a pop-up restaurant and cooking for 48 people.’

He said restaurants and pubs could also hold events and donate a percentage of the night’s takings to the charity.

For more information about The Dogs Dinner, and to register, visit the-dogs-dinner.com. Hounds for Heroes is at houndsforheroes.com