Preston hero inspires veterans’ memorial

The Funeral Cortege of John White drives through Preston Market

The Funeral Cortege of John White drives through Preston Market

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Leftover cash raised from donations to pay for the funeral of former security guard John White is to be donated to a veterans’ charity.

Following the death of the former soldier at the end of December, more than £5,000 flooded in to help give him a fitting send-off.

John White, who worked as a security guard at Preston market

John White, who worked as a security guard at Preston market

Now the money left is to be donated to Our Local Heroes Foundation, to be put towards a memorial for veterans in Preston.

John’s close friends had launched a campaign to help pay for the funeral, and about £1,700 is now left from the generous donations.

The money is to be donated to the Lancashire-based charity, which will look to put up a memorial in Preston, and also help the bereaved families of veterans to organise funerals via their website.

Fellow security guard Steven Fludder, who helped organise John’s funeral and a plaque at Preston Market, said: “It is great that something that started off so small, a few people in a room trying to sort a funeral, will now help more people.

“The most important thing is the website details because we couldn’t find anything, we didn’t know where to start.”

He said John would have been “over the moon” that money raised for him was to go towards a memorial.

Our Local Heroes Foundation boss Steve Pearson said the charity hoped to ring-fence the money for a new project.

He said: “We are looking to do a war memorial in Preston somewhere near the railway station.

“We have said we will help bereaved families as well. We are talking about putting a page on our website to give advice and help families organising a funeral.”