Corby nightclub to host fundraiser for VC hero

Undated Ministry of Defence handout photo of Lance Corporal James Ashworth, a "supremely courageous and inspiring" British soldier who died as he protected the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan will be honoured at Buckingham Palace with the Victoria Cross (VC). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2013. Kerry Ashworth, mother of 23-year-old Lance Corporal James Ashworth, will receive the country's highest award for bravery in the face of military attack on behalf of her son. The medal recognises L/Cpl Ashworth's "extraordinary courage" while serving with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Helmand province last year. He died in the Nahr-e-Siraj district on June 13 when his reconnaissance platoon became involved in a battle with the Taliban inside enemy-held compounds. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events,
Undated Ministry of Defence handout photo of Lance Corporal James Ashworth, a "supremely courageous and inspiring" British soldier who died as he protected the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan will be honoured at Buckingham Palace with the Victoria Cross (VC). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2013. Kerry Ashworth, mother of 23-year-old Lance Corporal James Ashworth, will receive the country's highest award for bravery in the face of military attack on behalf of her son. The medal recognises L/Cpl Ashworth's "extraordinary courage" while serving with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Helmand province last year. He died in the Nahr-e-Siraj district on June 13 when his reconnaissance platoon became involved in a battle with the Taliban inside enemy-held compounds. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events,

A fundraising night at Rubix Nightclub in Corby will be held on Friday August 28 in the name and memory of Corby’s Lance Corporal James Ashworth VC. James was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was killed in Afghanistan on June 13, 2012, as he led his fire team in an attack on an enemy-held compound and is only the 14th recipient of the award since the end of the Second World War.

The event to be hosted by the town centre night spot will benefit BLESMA, a charity which helps limbless veterans live independent, fullfilling lives. BLESMA has been selected by James’s family since they have previously donated to the charity due to it’s importance to the fallen hero’s family.

Organiser Rebecca Abram said: “We will be charging an entry fee on the door with a percentage of this going towards the chosen charity.

“We will be selling raffle tickets on the evening and we are hoping local businesses will help support this evening held for a local hero.”