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Hundreds attend funeral of Bristol man who raised thousands for veterans

Mr Hodge's work made it possible for UK veterans o go to France for the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Credit: Bristol Live

Hundreds attended the funeral of a man who helped raise hundreds of thousands for Normandy Veterans.

Peter Hodge MBE spent years fundraising which resulted in him being made a MBE in 2010. He died from cancer in December.

Mr Hodge, from Bishopsworth in Bristol, was one of the founding members of the Sword Fund. The charity was formed to raise funds for veterans of World War Two.

His work raised thousands to finance veteran events, including a trip to Holland to celebrate its liberation and services in Bristol cathedral.

As the honorary general secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association (NVA), Mr Hodge travelled to events around the world laying wreaths and attending commemoration services.

Peter Hodge and his family Credit: Bristol Live

Everything he did was for others. He always stretched himself further than anyone else would.

He would always ask so much of people [in his fundraising] and they would always say yes. He had the gift of the gab.

– Jo Hodge, Peter's wife

Peter was a man of true sincere commitment, a rare quality in very few men. The Bristol Normandy veterans branch will not be the same without him

– Bristol Normandy Veterans Association

His fundraising role at the NVA allowed UK veterans to go to France for the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

At the peak of Mr Hodge's work the NVA could raise thousands in one day. This resulted in multiple rewards for ex-soldiers including every veteran in Bristol receiving £330 while thousands went towards events and trips for them.

Mr Hodge's work caught the attention of many during his life, including the famous comedian Eddie Izzard, who got involved in his campaign in 2009 pouring coffee for Veterans and their families at an event at Duxford War Museum.

Peter Hodge with Eddie Izzard and fellow fundraiser Trevor Beatty Credit: Bristol Live

The funeral will be held at St Pius X church on Gatehouse Avenue, at 2.15pm on January 21. It will then be followed by a wake at Bristol City Football Club banqueting suit Winterstoke Rd at 3pm.