A special fundraising dinner is to be held in Leicester today by a charity aiming to support the widow of murdered soldier Lee Rigby and their son Jack.
The charity, called Leicester’s Support for Jack, aims to support his mum Rebecca until Jack is 21. Organiser Suresh Chauhan, from Glen Parva, hopes to eventually raise £120,000 for the family of the fusilier.
The 25-year-old was killed outside his London barracks in May.
A campaigner from Leicester has attended the funeral of Lee Rigby after setting up a trust fund to support the murdered soldier's son.
Suresh Chauhan was invited to the service in Bury, Greater Manchester, by Drummer Rigby's widow, Rebecca, after she found out about his fundraising efforts.
Mr Chauhan, from Glen Parva, was so moved by the soldier's death in Woolwich in May that he wanted to do something to help his two-year-old son, Jack. He has set up a fund called Leicester's Support for Jack to raise £120,000 to support the toddler as he grows up.
He has already secured pledges from a number of businesses in Leicester. Mr Chauhan has also established a committee to oversee the fund made up of representatives from different cultural backgrounds.
Tomorrow it will be exactly a month since the death of Drummer Lee Rigby. The killing of a British soldier on the streets of the capital shocked the country and raised questions about community relations here in the Midlands.
In a special report, Peter Bearne has been investigating its impact and whether hostility to Islam really is on the rise, even in one of the Midland's most integrated cities.