£3,000 raised in memory of soldier after Alps fall

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Thousands of pounds have been donated to Help for Heroes in memory of Eastbourne soldier David Martin, who died in a fall in the Italian Alps earlier this month.

David’s parents, Bernard and Rowena, set up an online donation page and already £3,100 has been donated by friends and well-wishers.

His funeral, with full military honours, is taking place today (Friday) at 1pm at St Mary the Virgin Parish Church in Church Street, Willingdon.

The 30-year-old former Willingdon School pupil, died in a fall while climbing in the Italian Alps. He was off duty at the time.

He was a Lieutenant in the Royal Logistic Corps attached to the Royal Marines and is believed to have slipped and fallen over a cliff on Mont Blanc as he started a descent.

David’s parents Rowena and Bernard said, “We were and are very proud indeed of our dearly loved and loving son David who was taken from us by a tragic accident on Mont Blanc.

“He cared deeply for his family and friends and was loved by many for his generosity, loyalty and spirit of adventure.

“David lived life to the full every moment, whether socialising with friends, engaging in some new adventure, testing himself to his limits and beyond, or raising funds for charity by taking part in a triathlon, climbing Kilimanjaro, or organising a pub crawl of Santas.

Donations in David’s memory can be made at www.bmy charity.com/BlondieDave