Widow helps forces charity

Fusilier Lee Rigby
Fusilier Lee Rigby

The son of murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby has inspired a fundraising campaign in support of a charity which helps families who have lost someone in the Armed Forces.

Jack Rigby was so thrilled by the work of Force Support, he and his family wanted to give something back.

Rebecca Rigby, the widow of murdered Fusillier Lee Rigby, 25, and son Jack attend the unveiling of a memorial in his memory at Middleton Memorial Gardens in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 29, 2015. A bronze drum, alongside a plaque for Fusilier Rigby will be located at Middleton Memorial Gardens, together with a memorial wall where in time other local soldiers will be commemorated. See PA story MEMORIAL Rigby. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Rebecca Rigby, the widow of murdered Fusillier Lee Rigby, 25, and son Jack attend the unveiling of a memorial in his memory at Middleton Memorial Gardens in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 29, 2015. A bronze drum, alongside a plaque for Fusilier Rigby will be located at Middleton Memorial Gardens, together with a memorial wall where in time other local soldiers will be commemorated. See PA story MEMORIAL Rigby. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The charity aims to help bereaved families by assisting with anything from small DIY jobs to redecorating.

Southowram’s Rebecca Rigby, the fusilier’s widow and Jack’s mother, said: “Forces Support not only helped Jack and I, but also helped Lee’s mum and step-dad and have been supportive to Lee’s dad and his wife and I really like the way all these parts of the family have benefitted from their support.

“We are truly grateful and really want to help give back.”

Fronted by four-year-old Jack, whose father was murdered in 2013, and with some help from his mum, the family have started a GoFundMe page in the hope of raising £100,000 to start a second Forces Support team.