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Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna fundraising reaches £100,000

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Image caption Mike Jackson taking part in an exercise bike fundraising event for Help For Heroes

The father-in-law of a soldier killed in Afghanistan said his relatives have now raised £100,000 in his honour.

Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna, 36, of Colchester, died in a blast in Helmand Province in May 2011.

After the death of his son-in-law, Mike Jackson and his family chose to raise money for the forces charity Help for Heroes.

Their initial target was £10,000, but continuing fundraising events have seen them reach 10 times that amount.

The money raised will go towards the cost of building several recovery centres, including one already opened in Colchester.

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Image caption Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna was killed by an improvised explosive device

Colour Sjt Fortuna, who was raised in Cheltenham, had previously served in the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland and Iraq.

He was leading a patrol with 1st Battalion The Rifles when he was killed by an improvised explosive device.

The fundraising began in January 2012 and three years later it has reached £101,755.

Mr Jackson said: "When we got there [to the £100,000 mark] it felt like it's a stepping stone along the way, so we've provisionally reset the target to £125,000.

"The people who we are supporting are going to need our support for the next 50-70 years.

"We can't say 'job done', so we keep going."

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