Family of James Ashworth delighted with support during fundraiser

James Ashworth VC's mum Kerry (centre) and aunt Sharon McHarg (right), with friend Sharren McGrory
James Ashworth VC's mum Kerry (centre) and aunt Sharon McHarg (right), with friend Sharren McGrory

Members of the family of Corby VC hero James Ashworth raised more than £1,000 yesterday (Saturday, July 6) ahead of a 234-mile cycle they will be completing in his memory.

Lance Corporal Ashworth’s mum Kerry and aunt Sharon McHarg are taking part in the gruelling three-day trip from the Wellington barracks in London to Waterloo in Belgium in September alongside hundreds of others in the Colonel’s Fund Grenadier Guards event.

Kerry and Sharon, helped by friend Sharren McGrory, spent 10 hours between them on a static bike in Asda in Corby between 8am and 6pm yesterday as part of their fundraising efforts. Each particpant has to raise a minimum of £1,700.

And they have revealed they raised a total of £1,075.49 from generous customers.

“We are here to raise money and a bit of awareness,” Kerry said. She added they had had to empty their buckets twice during the day.

“It’s not just the generosity financially, it’s all the kind words,” Sharon added.

Kerry and Sharon have also appealed for any corporate sponsors to come forward to help them.