8 Oct 2012

Burnham soldiers raise money for families of comrades

11:25 am on 8 October 2012

A trust has been established to help families bereaved by the deaths of soldiers in Afghanistan.

The New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust hopes to raise $10 million in the next three years.

Over the weekend, $12,000 was raised when 140 soldiers from Burnham Military Camp helped move the entire contents of a Mitre 10 hardware store in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby to a new site.

The soldiers are from the same unit as five comrades killed in Afghanistan in August.

A trustee, Colonel Baden Ewart, says those five deaths inspired the idea of the trust.

He says it wants to support the families of soldiers killed or wounded since the first New Zealand deployment to East Timor in 1999.