Charity Brothers in Arms put forward plans to extend military memorial in Mowbray Park

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A Sunderland charity has put forward plans to extend the military memorial wall in Mowbray Park.

Local military charity Brothers in Arms have been meeting with council members to propose plans to add panels to the wall, which was built back in 2006.

The charity’s founder Tom Cuthbertson said: “Brothers in Arms have been working hard to raise money over the last few years.

“We feel extending the wall would be a perfect way to spend the money raised and the perfect way to honour our fallen troops,” he added.

Sunderland Coun Michael Mordey said: “Plans have been put forward to extend the memorial and we are in talks with the charity about the funding for construction but nothing has been decided yet.

“Obviously any sort of memorial to our troops is appreciated by the public and we are all in support of it but the council members must first discuss the plans before any construction plans can go ahead.”

The original wall was paid for entirely through the efforts of the charity, which was originally set up in 2005 after Tom and his wife Carla lost their son Nathan in Afghanistan.

The charity has made money by selling t-shirts anad other merchandise, organising charity bike rides and by having annual dress balls in order to raise funds to support families who have lost relatives in the armed forces.

The annual bike ride “Cuthy’s 200” takes place every year in June with hundreds of riders cycling from Catterick Garrison to Ashbrooke Cricket Club in Sunderland to raise more funds for the charity.

Last year’s bike ride raised almost £50,000 for the charity with much of that money going straight to the families of fallen heroes and the rest immediately being set aside for the extension of the Mowbray memorial wall.#####

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