Fun day in memory of Dereham paratrooper Private Lewis Hendry

A fun day is being held to raise money in memory of Dereham paratrooper Lewis Hendry,

Thousands of pounds have already been collected for the Afghanistan Trust since Pte Hendry died in Afghanistan in February.

On Saturday members of Colchester-based 3PARA - who he served with - will be at the Tesco store and organising a series of activities.

An inflatable obstacle course, paintballing and the regiment's mascot Shetland Pony are among the attractions being organised.

Pte Hendry's mother Katrina and sister Stacey both work at the store and it is hoped large crowds will attend the event to boost the fund, which helps support wounded Parachute Regiment soldiers and the families of those killed in combat.

On Saturday money raised from a charity event at the Lounge in Dereham is also being handed over.

Pte Hendry died just three days before his 21st birthday and on the day of his funeral a crowd of about 2,000 people packed the Market Place and Church Street to pay their respects.

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Mrs Hendry and her husband Kelvin have said they have been 'overwhelmed' by the support from local people and the generosity in giving to the fund.

*Donations to the fund can be made by visiting www.afghanistantrust.org or via RJ Bartram Funeral Directors, 17 Theatre Street, Dereham, who will collect donations until April 30.

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