STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds was one of hundreds of walkers who turned out in memory of Cpl Joseph Etchells at the weekend.
Cpl Etchells, from Mossley, served in the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. He died in Afghanistan last year, while on foot patrol in Sangin, Northern Helmand Province.
On Saturday, Cpl Etchells' family and friends were joined by hundreds of well-wishers who wanted to show their support and respect by completing a 10-mile sponsored walk
And together they raised funds for the Fusiliers Aid Society, which supports serving or former members of the regiment and their dependents, in Cpl Etchells' memory.
Among those taking part in the event were Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.
Mr Reynolds said: "Our servicemen and women show levels of courage and bravery that it is difficult for most of us to imagine.
"And while I did not know Cpl Joseph Etchells, I believe him to have been a remarkable young man whose service and sacrifice should not be forgotten.
"The walk was a fitting way to pay tribute to his memory. And the funds raised will make a real difference to the lives of others who have served in the Fusiliers.
"I was proud to join with the people of Mossley in paying tribute to Cpl Etchells in this way. And I know that the community will always remember his dedication and sacrifice."
More information can be found at www.justgiving.com/cpljosephetchells
Published on July 26, 2010