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Mum of Brighton soldier turns fears for son into cash for charity
4:13pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 in News
The mother of a soldier has turned her fears for her son into a song to raise money for veterans.
Single mum Angelique Sharman, of Brighton, kept a diary when her son, Brett, was serving in the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment and was due to go to Afghanistan.
Ms Sharman kept a daily record of her thoughts and fears and things she wanted to talk to her son about before it was too late.
Now she has turned the diary entries into a song called The Flower which she has made to raise money for the charity Help for Heroes.
She said: “When Brett was told he would be deployed to Afghanistan for a three-month tour I felt my whole world fall away from me. Brett was my rock, my best friend.
“I was devastated. I felt lost. I had seen too much footage to not be concerned. He was going to be on the front line.
“But he was excited and couldn’t wait to be by his friends’ sides, facing it all together.”
Sadly the 20-year-old was unable to realise his dream because he became ill with the debilitating condition impetigo. He was forced to leave the Army because of his health.
But Brett and his family have been determined to continue to support his comrades on the front line.
Ms Sharman added: “I wanted to give this song to the injured and give awareness to this country and how lucky we are to have the British Army.”
To buy the single go to itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-flower-single/id590371555.