Soldier back from Afghanistan swaps uniform for lycra

Luke Stones with wife Vicky Stones who organised the event.
Luke Stones with wife Vicky Stones who organised the event.
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PRIVATE Luke Stones swapped his army uniform for lycra and patrolling for some zumba moves.

Back for a short visit home from his six-month tour of Afghanistan, Luke, from Illingworth in Halifax, took part in a fund raising zumba class organised by his loved ones for Help for Heroes.

He was joined by six of his football mates from Calder 76.

“It was good,” he said. “The lads said it was harder than they thought it was going to be. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.”

As reported by the Courier, the 27-year-old soldier, who is serving with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was in an armoured vehicle behind the Warrior which was blown up in March, killing six of his comrades.

Luke was close friends with one of the soldiers who died, 19-year-old Private Christopher Kershaw.

When they heard about the blast, Luke’s family started organising fund raising efforts.

He has four children - Alyssia, nine; Michael, eight, Jamie, five; and Lexi, three - and Alyssia asked if a sponsored walk could be held for children to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

His wife Vicky, 29 and mum, Rosemarie Bush, 49, of Sowerby, organised the zumba fund raiser at Sowerby Bridge Working Men’s Club.

They are still waiting for some money to come in but have so far collected over £200.

Luke’s mum said: “It was a fantastic night and went really well.

“Luke took it in good heart with his mates.”

Luke said: “The fund raising shows the lads out there that everyone at home is thinking about them.

“We want to do something when we’re all back home as well. That’s the plan. The battalion have got some fund raising that it wants to do.”

A walk for Help the Heroes will be arranged later. To add a donation to the family’s fund raising visit www.bmycharity.com/vickystones.