THE mother and sister of a Nelson soldier killed in action in Afghanistan have presented money raised at a memorial day to service charities in remembrance of his sacrifice.
Lance Corporal Michael Foley was killed in Afghanistan in March this year.
His family, from Nelson, sought the help of the Colne branch of the Royal British Legion to arrange a special event in his memory.
The event was held in May at the branch’s Keighley Road club and was well attended by family, friends and the local community who turned out in support.
During the afternoon, £1,500 was raised through raffles, a hog roast and auctions of items donated by local businesses and organisations. Debbie Foley, Michael’s mother, and his sister, Lisa, were pleased with the amount raised and have decided £1,000 should go to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and £488 to the Help For Heroes Charity.
Mrs Foley added: “We would like to thank everyone who donated prizes and cash for Michael’s memorial fund. We would also like to thank Gaynor Michaels and all the artists who donated their services for free on the day itself.
“Thanks must also go to all the people who bought raffle tickets and took part in the auctions and who made the day a real success in which we raised £1,488 for the Poppy Appeal and Help For Heroes. It has been a very difficult time for us as a family and we appreciate all the support and kindness that has been shown.
“Losing my son Michael in such tragic circumstances has left a huge hole that will never be filled.
“He was a remarkable young man and such a caring brother who I am so very proud of.
“He always put the needs of other people before his own, had such a caring nature and always went out of his way to help anyone who needed it. He had such a cheeky grin that would make anyone smile and was also a devoted husband and father. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”