Christmas event to remember Sunderland’s fallen heroes

The  Brothers in Arms memorial wall.
The Brothers in Arms memorial wall.
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A CHRISTMAS fundraising feast is being held to remember Wearside’s fallen heroes.

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

The group was set up to build a memorial wall in Sunderland for soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflicts since World War Two.

The wall was erected to Sunderland’s cenotaph in Burdon Road in time for the 2011 Remembrance commemorations.

The group now continues to raise funds to 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.”

The charity dinner takes place on December 1 at the Roker Hotel. Tom said a number of organisations and individuals had already booked tables and tickets, and they were keen to get as many others involved as possible.

“We’re looking forward to a really good night in the run up to Christmas, and it’s a great occasion for people to get together,” he said.

Tickets for the event 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.