Trust for Sheppey soldier Daniel Holkham raises £5,000

Rifleman Daniel Holkham
Image caption Rifleman Daniel Holkham and his two brothers were all in the same battalion

A trust set up in memory of a Kent soldier killed in Afghanistan has raised £5,000 in three months.

Rifleman Danny Holkham, from Sheppey, was killed on 27 March when he stopped a suicide bomber who then detonated a device just outside the Sangin Bazaar.

Rifleman Holkham was serving in 3rd Battalion The Rifles with his brothers Matthew, 20, and 18-year-old Andrew.

The Dannyboy Trust was set up to mark his 20th birthday in August and is officially launched on 3 December.

'Help the children'

Rifleman Holkham's father, Rodney, said: "We needed to have something that was going to get some good out of such a tragic loss.

"Because he [Rifleman Holkham] was such a young lad when he died, and watching him grow up, he attended lots of clubs which he really enjoyed.

"We just wanted to put back into the community, for the children, we just wanted to help them as much as we could."

The trust, of which Rifleman Holkham's two brothers are trustees, has paid the rent for an after-school club and is funding a garden at the new Isle of Sheppey Academy being built.

Ian Maxstead, secretary of the Dannyboy Trust, said: "The main aim of the trust is to provide life changing experiences and educational opportunities for young people that they wouldn't get under normal circumstances, through their clubs, through their schools and through their social activities."

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