December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
A 25-year-old mother of two from Norwich will be holding a sponsored skydive and fun day in Beccles tomorrow to raise money for three charities – the first chosen by the mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby.
Charlotte Rees was so affected by the brutal attack in Woolwich earlier this year that she helped to organise the Stand Strong March in Norwich in June and is now hoping to set up her own charity, South East Charity Events, to continue fund-raising for military charities and other causes.
Miss Rees said: “The murder of Lee Rigby started it all off. I joined Stand Strong with only three weeks to go and managed to organise the march with the permission of the police and council.
“When that disbanded, I thought I still wanted to do something to show that we, as a community, can join together, have fun, raise money for charities and show those who carry out these extreme attacks that we are not going to lay down.
“I’ve got two daughters, one is five-months and the other is almost two, and I don’t want them to grow up and have to walk down the street in fear.”
Miss Rees contacted Lee Rigby’s mum Lyn through a remembrance page set up on Facebook, to ask what charity she would like them to support.
She suggested, through a family friend, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity which supports the children of men and women killed while serving in the British Armed Forces.
Miss Rees said: “To have a response almost directly from Lyn was so encouraging. It made me feel quite emotional. It was a turning point for me to think that this is something I can do and will make a success, no matter what.”
The event will also be fund-raising for Support our Soldiers, which sends boxes to soldiers at Christmas, and Harford Manor School, in Norwich.
The skydives will take place at Beccles Airfield from 8am, with the fun day running at the same venue from 10.30am to 4pm. There will be a petting zoo, fun fair rides, children’s crèche, fete games and stalls, egg and spoon, sack races and more.
Anyone who would like to sign up on the day to do a skydive is welcome to do so and UK Parachuting are offering a discounted price of £185.
Miss Rees is hoping to raise £1,000 for each charity, and with the help of her team of volunteers, hopes to hold further events throughout the year and set up her own registered charity by next year.