Memorial bench for former Topsham police officer
KIND-hearted people wanting to honour the life of a former Topsham police community support officer have raised more than �1,800 for a memorial bench. Mark Marshall, a PCSO and Territorial Army solider, was killed last February in an explosion while out o
KIND-hearted people wanting to honour the life of a former Topsham police community support officer have raised more than �1,800 for a memorial bench.
Mark Marshall, a PCSO and Territorial Army solider, was killed last February in an explosion while out on patrol in Afghanistan.
A memorial plaque to remember Mark was unveiled in Countess Wear last month and plans are now in place for a bench and an outdoors club in his memory.
The 29-year-old, who was born in Exeter, leaves his mother Lynn, brother and sister, Alex and Jo, and girlfriend, Hayley.
You may also want to watch:
Percy Giles, Topsham's current PCSO, worked closely with Rifleman Marshall.
Mr Giles said: "We both did a lot of youth work with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, and often linked up with the Countess Wear Youth Club.
- 1 Pop band McFly set to perform at Imperial Recreation Ground
- 2 A plan for grassroots sport that must not be allowed to falter
- 3 Sound move to join singing group
- 4 Exmouth deliver outstanding display in local derby
- 5 Lifeboat crew rescue kitesurfing girl
- 6 Tax changes to attract shipping companies to UK
- 7 Plenty of evidence why Devon won't give up the ghost
- 8 Stunning cup display from Brixington U11s
- 9 Man left with serious injures after crash on Woodbury Common
- 10 The upcoming annual Budget and how it might help those struggling this winter
"Mark was the first guy I went camping with for the award scheme. I was never a fan of the outdoors before I met him but I really enjoyed it as it happened.
"I feel there's a need for something for kids who don't necessarily have the backing of their parents to help them do such things, so I came up with the idea of setting up an outdoor club.
"I'm sure Mark would have liked the theory. He inspired me to work with young people and I want to carry that on."
It is hoped the memorial bench will be installed at the King George V playing fields.
To donate money for the bench, send a cheque payable to Countess Wear Village Hall, in an envelope marked Mark Marshall Fund, c/o 62 Exe Vale Road, Exeter, EX2 6LF.