Be part of a Christmas event to remember Sunderland’s fallen

Members of Brothers in Arms, left to right: Tom and Carla Cuthbertson, Linda Fisken, Brenda Gooch and Janice Murray with then Mayor of Sunderland Norma Wright at the dedication of the memorial wall.

Members of Brothers in Arms, left to right: Tom and Carla Cuthbertson, Linda Fisken, Brenda Gooch and Janice Murray with then Mayor of Sunderland Norma Wright at the dedication of the memorial wall.

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THERE is still time to take part in a festive event to honour Sunderland’s heroes.

Brothers in Arms is holding a Christmas celebration charity dinner in memory of those who have lost their lives in recent conflicts.

The event takes place this Sunday, December 1, at the Roker Hotel.

Organisers say many organisations and individuals had already booked tables and tickets, but there were still a limited number of tickets available.

Brothers in Arms was founded by families of servicemen killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other recent conflicts and incidents while on duty with the armed forces.

The wall was erected to Sunderland’s cenotaph in Burdon Road in time for the 2011 Remembrance commemorations, but the group continues to help those in need in the city.

Funds help serving or ex-serving soldiers who may need any assistance with treatment costs, travel costs or mobility aids.

Co-founder Tom Cuthbertson, whose son Nathan was killed in Afghanistan, said: “We’re keeping the fund going to help people who’ve served in the forces.

“If someone is in difficulty or needs something, they can come to us.

“We also help other groups and charities – we’ve given some to the Sunderland branch of the Parachute Regiment Association for their funds.

“There is also money there in case anything is needed for the wall.”

Tickets for the Roker Hotel dinner cost £25 and include a three-course meal and entertainment.

Tickets are available through Konect, which is helping to organise the event for Brothers in Arms.

To book a ticket, visit http://getkonect.com/events/brothers-in-arms-celebration-dinner or call Tom on 07951 853128.