Appeal to back charity honouring murdered son

STRIDING OUT -- Anne (left) and Pip enjoying a spot of Nordic walking at Newstead Abbey this week -- DISPIC NHUD12-0692-2.

STRIDING OUT -- Anne (left) and Pip enjoying a spot of Nordic walking at Newstead Abbey this week -- DISPIC NHUD12-0692-2.

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A MUM who was born in Hucknall is calling on the town to support a fundraiser in memory of her son, who was brutally murdered.

Kynan Eldridge (31) was stabbed to death by his immigrant landlord in Mansfield in 2005.

The tragedy had a devastating impact on his parents, Anne and Peter, of Ravenshead, as well as Kynan’s grandad, Bernard Slee, of Duke Street, Hucknall.

So distraught was Mr Slee that the 93-year-old’s health deteriorated soon after his grandson’s murder and he himself died.

But since then, Anne (65), who went to Beardall Street School in Hucknall, and Peter (67), have set about honouring their son’s memory.

For they are the patrons of the Kynan Eldridge Fund, which aims to help young people achieve their potential through music.

Kynan was a sound technician, and the charity in his name gives one-off grants to local groups.

It has already given cash to the Hucknall Pre-School Playgroup to buy instruments and to the youth section of the Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass band.

Now it is hoped the coffers of the fund will be boosted by a Nordic-walking session to be held at Newstead Abbey.

Peter and Anne are keen advocates of Nordic walking, which is a full-body workout with the aid of walking sticks. They take part in classes run by Pip Bateman, of Newstead.

Now Pip is planning to donate the proceeds of Nordic-walking taster sessions, lined up to coincide with a spring fair at the abbey on Sunday May 20.

Classes at 11.30 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm will cost £6 per person, and all proceeds will go the the Kynan Eldridge Fund.

Anne said: “It was obviously a dreadful thing that happened to Kynan. We have had a lot of support from people in Hucknall and I still think of it as my home town.

“This is such a generous offer by Pip. I just hope we get plenty of support.”

Anyone can donate to the fund through www.eldridge-slee.co.uk.