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Our party to honour murdered soldier Lee
5:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Ledbury
A COUPLE whose son serves in the Armed Forces organised a garden party for Help For Heroes in memory of murdered guardsman Lee Rigby.
Jill and Len Lawton, who live in Newent, were shocked by the death of Fusilier Rigby, who was stabbed in broad daylight outside Woolwich Barracks in May.
Mrs Lawton said: “Our son is in the Royal Navy, and when we heard about the dreadful murder of Fusilier Rigby, we could not help feeling shocked.
“Everyone who has a family member in the forces will have felt the same way.
“When you have a relative in the forces, of course you worry that something will happen to them in the course of duty. It’s hazardous after all.
“But what was so shocking about this was that it happened off duty, right outside his barracks, when he should have been safe.”
Their son, Leading Engineer Technician Jonathon Lawton, has served with the navy for almost eight years, having joined at the age of 17.
She and Mr Lawton, a former mayor of Newent, decided they had to do something to help.
She said: “I looked up the barracks, found a phone number, and called.
“I spoke to someone from the regiment, who said a lot of people had called and they were telling everyone the best thing would be to raise money for Help for Heroes.”
The couple swung into action and organised the party at their home.
Mrs Lawton transformed her garden with gazebos, garden furniture and huge parasols, and set about making batches of cakes and scones with help from family members.
Alongside the Help for Heroes banners was a pennant from HMS Kent, their son’s first ship.
And the event was a great success, raising more then £250 for the charity.
Mrs Lawton said: “I am grateful to everyone who attended and gave money which will go towards the vital work of Help for Heroes and would urge other people to organise events.”
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