A HEART-WARMING gesture by a tragic soldier to help a former serviceman is to be continued indefinitely by his family.
Ladybrook’s Ashley Clarkson hit the headlines last year after helping to provide two-tonnes of fire wood to a Belper man to keep him warm through the winter.
Ashley, a 23-year-old former soldier, had taken a job at a Kirkby wood yard after leaving the forces, but died earlier this year.
Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Ashley was found by his girlfriend hanged at home.
And as his devastated family continue to raise money and awareness for the condition, they have also chosen to carry on the legacy of his gesture and help deliver more fuel to Belper resident John Good again this year.
The drop-off was made on Saturday with the help of Ashley’s younger sisters and father Wayne.
David Martin, of the Royal British Legion, who had met both Ashley and John through his work, said: “Ashley always said he wanted to give something back, we helped him but he said he felt guilty about getting help from a charity so said doing this would help him to give something back.
“It’s a really nice gesture, we were devastated when he died so it’s been nice to help other people through his name.”
Wayne Clarkson added: “John was very humbled to receive the wood, he gelled with Ashley for the 15 minutes that he knew him and hearing about his death hit him for six, he didn’t really know what to say to us.
“Ashley always wanted to continue this and his sisters Saskia and Savannah thought it would be nice to carry it on.”
Meanwhile, Ashley’s family have helped raise thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion since his death in March.
They hope more can be done to help servicemen and women suffering from PTSD.
Various fundraisers, including a well-supported sponsored walk between Crich War Memorial and Mansfield War Memorial at Carr Bank Park in July have helped raise money and awareness of the condition.
It is hoped up to £9,000 could be handed over in the coming weeks.
A black-tie dinner and auction is planned for spring next year, but before that, the family will be setting up a stall at the Christmas fayre on Saturday, 24th November at Trinity Methodist Church, Mansfield Woodhouse, from 10am until noon.
A website about Ashley and the work being carried out by his family has also been launched in recent weeks- www.ashleyclarkson.co.uk