Heartfelt charity event in memory of murdered son

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A HUCKNALL-born mum put her best foot forward to raise funds in memory of her son, who was brutally murdered.

Anne Eldridge and her husband, Peter, staged three sessions of Nordic walking during a spring fair at Newstead Abbey.

The couple both greatly enjoy this pursuit, which provides a full-body workout with the aid of walking sticks.

Anne and Peter, who live in Ravenshead, were devastated when their son, Kynan Eldridge (31), was stabbed to death by his immigrant landlord in Mansfield seven years ago.

The health of Kynan’s grandfather, Bernard Slee (93), of Duke Street, Hucknall, was affected to such an extent that he too died.

Anne (65), a former pupil of Beardall Street School in Hucknall, and Peter (67) are patrons of the Kynan Eldridge Fund, which aims to help young people achieve their potential through music.

The charity gives one-off grants to local groups and, because Kynan was s sound technician, his parents feel this is a perfect way to remember him.

Beneficiaries of the charity have included Hucknall Pre-School Playgroup, which bought instruments, and Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass Band’s youth section.

Peter and Anne take part in Nordic walking classes run by Pip Bateman, of Newstead, who runs a holistic health team. The couple’s sessions in the abbey grounds created a lot of interest, with a number of spectators also having a go.

“Nordic walking is recommended from a medical point of view because it exercises about 80% of a person’s muscles,” said Anne.

A raffle took place for a bottle of champagne, and the whole initiative is thought to have raised more than £100 for the fund, although the final total is not yet known.

OUR PHOTO shows Pip (left) launching her Nordic walking classes at Newstead Abbey. Anne is pictured far right — DISPIC NHUD12-1238-1.