Thousands raised at Remembrance event

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Event organiser, Ray Collins at The Mark Burgan Memorial Dinner, Crowne Plaza Hotel Liverpool. Photo: Ida Husøy

‘A Night of Remembrance, A Night to Remember’ raised thousands of pounds for injured soldiers.

The fundraising event, held in memory of three Liverpool soldiers killed in Afghanistan, aimed to raise funds for charities who assist soldiers injured at war.

The The Mark Burgan Memorial Dinner was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and was attended by 270 guests.

Event organiser Ray Collins told JMU Journalism: “Hopefully we raised about £7000 to £8000, not a bad total.”

Mr Collins’ nephew, Sergeant Mark Burgan, a 28-year-old Irish Guardsman from Kirkby, was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in March last year. Tragedy struck Mark’s young family twice when they also lost their baby son.

The evening was also held in memory of Lance Corporal Peter Eustace, 25, from Dingle, who was killed after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in November 2011, and Guardsman Christopher Davies, 22, from St Helens, who died the next day after being shot in Helmand Province.

The Mark Burgan Memorial Dinner, Crowne Plaza Hotel Liverpool. Photo: Ida Husøy

The money raised will be split between SANDS, a charity for still-born and neonatal deaths, the Royal British Legion, the Irish Guards Appeal Fund, and Invicta, a charity helping disabled servicemen and women.

Colour Sergeant Eugene McGillycuddy from the Irish Guards, who had Sergeant Mark Burgan in his regiment, told JMU Journalism: “I was very good friends with Mark, and as a result I am engaged and set to marry his cousin in five weeks.

“Three of my injured friends have already received cheques from Mark’s Memorial Fund. It helps improve health and goes towards things such as wheelchairs.”

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