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Wife's touching tribute to husband

PUBLISHED: 10:09 01 October 2010 | UPDATED: 11:47 01 October 2010

Joanna Davey

Joanna Davey

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A WOMAN whose husband was killed in Afghanistan will be doing a parachute jump on Remembrance Day to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

L/Cpl George Davey, from Beccles, was killed in a tragic firearms incident in May 2007 when his rifle discharged as he cleaned it on his return from a mission in the dust and heat of the war zone. He was 23 years old.

Now his widow Joanna, mother to their daughters five-year-old Millie, and Morgan, aged four, has decided to do a parachute jump to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity.

Mrs Davey, 25, a teaching assistant at Thurlton Primary School, is set to do the tandem jump at Ellough airfield, on November 11.

She said: “I wanted to raise money for Help for Heroes and to do something for the other soldiers who have been injured.

“I haven’t done a parachute jump before. I am starting to get a bit scared as I imagine how high it’s going to be, but I think George would be proud of me.”

It is not the first time Mrs Davey has raised money in memory of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

In 2008 she took part in a charity walk called 100 Miles for Nine Smiles in memory of nine 1st Battalion Royal Anglians who died in Afghanistan in 2007, which included her husband.

Mrs Davey personally raised nearly £1,000 through taking part in the trek which started at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Pirbright, Surrey and ended in Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

She says she intends to do more fundraising in the future.

Mrs Davey has to raise £300 to complete the jump, but has already raised nearly £200 thanks to donations from friends and family.

“I think a lot of the Help for Heroes charity and the work they do. I would like to raise as much money as possible for them,” she said.

To sponsor Mrs Davey contact her on 01502 471976 or email joannadavey@btinternet.com

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