MONEY raised in memory of a fallen marine has smashed through the £155,000 barrier.
Family and friends of Mne Richard Hollington have helped raise the incredible figure with events including a fundraising dinner which attracted more than £20,000 in donations.
On top of that, last week’s National Heroes Day has already raised almost £4,000 – with help from punters at The Painters Arms.
Bernice Gofton, landlady of pub in Lake Road, Portsmouth, said: ‘We had a brilliant night. Everyone dressed up and we raised £165.’
Mne Hollington’s father Robin, from Petersfield, said: ‘It never ceases to amaze us the support and generosity that people continue to show.
‘The Heroes Day donations have not been added to the total yet but it will be nice at the end of the collections to be able to reach £200,000.
‘A lot of the schools that took part went straight on half-term the next day so there’s still plenty of donations waiting to come in.’
Clive Waller, a friend of the Hollington family, organises the annual Aberdeen UK Platform Awards dinner for investors.
The event, hosted by BBC reporter Kate Silverton whose husband is an former Royal Marine, raised a staggering £22, 710.
The event, held at the London Marriot, was for financiers who certainly dug deep.
Mr Waller, from Stroud, near Petersfield, is managing director of CWC Research,
He said: ‘We take the view that if people are getting dressed up in posh frocks and getting a free evening out on their firms it doesn’t do them any harm to get their hands in their pockets and make a contribution.
‘Robin spoke very movingly about the needs of severely injured men and women.
‘He stressed how they did not want charity, just the ability to earn a living to support themselves and their families.
‘Robin was himself an officer in the Royal Marine Corps for 20 years and the response he got was extraordinary.
‘Everyone was incredibly generous.’
Mne Hollington became the 300th member of the armed forces to die as a result of injuries sustained in Afghanistan.
Anyone who has raised money in memory of him and donated direct to Help for Heroes is asked to let the family know by registering at bmycharity.com/HeroesDay.