Fundraiser for fallen Merseyside soldiers

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Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan in Afghanistan © Mark Burgan Memorial Fund

A fundraising event in memory of fallen Merseyside soldiers is taking place on Saturday in what is being billed as ‘A Night of Remembrance, A Night to Remember’.

The event is being organised in honour of soldiers such as Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan, a 28-year-old Irish Guardsman from Kirkby, who was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in March last year. Lance Corporal Peter Eustace, 25, from Dingle, was killed after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on 16th November 2011.

The next day Guardsman Christopher Davies, 22, from St Helens, died after being shot in Helmand Province.Mark’s uncle, Ray Collins is the organiser and he told JMU Journalism: “The event is in memory of my nephew Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan and two other soldiers from Merseyside killed in action, Peter Eustace and Christopher Davies.

“As the event is near Remembrance Sunday we decided our event should be A Night to Remember, A Night of Remembrance, not just for these men but from all wars and obviously the most recent.”

Mr Collins told JMU Journalism: “Whatever we raise it will be deemed a success. All money raised will be distributed to The Royal British Legion, The Irish Guards Appeal Fund, Invicta, a charity helping disabled servicemen and women and SANDS, a charity for still-born and neonatal deaths.”

The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Pier Head on 3rd November. It night includes a charity auction for which items are urgently needed.

If you can help with the auction, please email raycollins2012@hotmail.co.uk.

About Rachael Leitch, JMU Journalism