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Sidcup: Over £10,000 raised for widow of fallen hero

PUBLISHED: 12:55 14 July 2011 | UPDATED: 13:32 14 July 2011

Members of Bexley police and 2 Para battle it out in the charity fundraiser

Members of Bexley police and 2 Para battle it out in the charity fundraiser

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More than £10,000 has been raised for the young widow of a soldier who died while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The money was raised through a sponsored fitness challenge at the David Lloyd gym in Sidcup on Sunday.More than 100 people, including members of Pte Daniel Prior’s unit, the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, and Bexley police took part in exercise classes testing their dance moves and endurance levels.

The proceeds will go to his widow Emily Prior and baby son, Logan who is almost five months old.

Emily is the daughter of Bexley’s borough police commander, Chief Supt Dave Stringer.

The soldier died on March 18 at a hospital in Birmingham surrounded by his family after being wounded in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan’s Helmand province two days earlier.

Mr Stringer said: “The event was not just about the fitness challenge but a day to remember all the heroes who have given their lives or been maimed in the service of their country.

“I am truly humbled by the amount of support from everyone, not only the people who took part in the challenge but also the supporters who made it a poignant, fun and memorable day, especially for Emily.

“She got to say hello to Daniel’s friends and colleagues for the first time since Dan’s funeral and to thank them for their generous support.”

Pte Prior had flown back from Afghanistan just in time to witness the birth of his son, Logan, on February 21 and spent two weeks with his wife and baby before returning to active service.

n For details of the next fundraising event go to: www.BexleyHelp4aHero.co.uk.

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