Mansfield war memorial funds reach £30,000

Image caption, Pte Damian Wright was killed on tour in Afghanistan in 2007

Fundraisers wanting to build a war memorial in a Nottinghamshire town have raised £30,000.

The Mansfield Heroes Memorial Fund aims to honour soldiers who have been killed since World War II, with a memorial in the town.

Deborah Smalley, whose son Pte Damian Wright was killed in Afghanistan in 2007, is leading the campaign.

She said they were now bringing in a project manager and looking at designs for the memorial.

Mrs Smalley said the fundraising, which has taken place over the past nine months, included two sponsored walks from Mansfield to the Mercian war memorial in Crich, Derbyshire.

"Quite a lot of the pubs in Mansfield have done fundraising for us and had fun days.

"While we've been fundraising, we've been doing all the background work that we need to do. We've involved a project manager and have been getting quotes [for the memorial]," she said.

The group are in discussion with Nottinghamshire County Council and Mansfield District Council about the design and placing of the memorial.

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