A Poulton teenager is preparing for an extreme fund-raiser in memory of her friend, soldier Sam Flint Broughton.
Brave Poppy Blundell is set to do a sponsored sky dive in June, raising money for Help for Heroes, the charity which provides help for injured soldiers.
The 19-year-old, who attended Baines School with Sam’s sister Porcha, said she has been inspired by a brave, wonderful young man would do anything for anyone.
The 21-year-old soldier, of Tithebarn Street, Poulton, was serving in The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment, when the armoured Mastiff vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on April 30. Sam died from his injuries.
“He was loyal, funny, courageous, strong and was always willing to help people out in anyway he could, or at least put a smile on their face.”
Poppy has been overwhelmed by the generosity people have shown.
She said: “The response has been amazing. I’d set a target of £400 and had reached it within a few days with friends and family donating, and even people I’ve never met.
“Everyone wants to show their support, I think a lot of people want to show how much Sam meant to them.”
Some of the first to donate were members of Sam’s family, who Poppy has kept up-to-date with the fund-raising effort.
“We chose Help for Heroes because it is a great charity and deserves as much help as we can give,” she said.
“Some of Sam’s friends and colleagues would have been injured and might even need help from the charity.
“I spoke to Sam’s family and they agreed that he would really want the money to go to Help for Heroes.”
Poppy’s parents Tony and Ann own the Normoss Post Office and have a giant piggy bank on the counter for donations.
Traders in Poulton, Carleton and Normoss have also shown their support by taking collection buckets and posters.
She added: “I’ve never done anything like this and I am a bit nervous, but I am determined to do it for Sam.”
The skydive will take place on June 8 at Cockerham near Lancaster with the Black Knights parachute centre.
To sponsor Poppy go to justgiving/poppy-blundell or text SAMF47 to 70070 with a donation amount.
Sam Flint-Broughton’s funeral will take place at St Chad’s Church in Poulton at noon on Friday.