Lee Rigby’s mum buys first respite caravan for grieving military families

Lyn Rigby has bought a caravan in Aberystwyth, West Wales, as part of the Lee Rigby Foundation which she set up in honour of her son Lee, who was murdered by terrorists in 2013

Murdered soldier Lee Rigby ’s mum has bought the first respite caravan for the charity she launched in her son’s name.

Lyn Rigby vowed to look after bereaved military families like hers after grief nearly destroyed her.

She set up the Lee Rigby Foundation and was overjoyed last week to get the keys to the idyllic seaside retreat in Aberystwyth, West Wales.

She said: “It’s been a long, hard slog and to be honest, when the pandemic hit, I thought it was game over. But here we are, and we have finally done it!

“It’s nothing short of a miracle and it’s all down to the incredible generosity of people in this country who never gave up on us.”

Lyn set up the foundation to honour Lee, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, and make sure those suffering from loss had somewhere to turn in their bleakest moments.

She said: “When I lost Lee, I had nowhere to turn so as I learned to live with my grief, I vowed to change that and provide respite for people like me who have lost loved ones.

“The caravan offers families a chance to regroup and build strength and hope.”

Mum of five Lyn, who runs the charity with her devoted husband Ian, wants caravans all around the British Isles. But her immediate focus is preparing Lee Rigby Retreat ready for spring next year.

She said: “People have been so kind and generous. Not only have they dug deep to raise money for us through charity events, but they are also donating goods and services to do the caravan up so it’s the loveliest it can be.

“Now we have hope and a focus for the future – Lee would be so very proud.”

Lyn has faced several tough years trying to establish the charity after Fusilier Lee, 25, was murdered by extremists in Woolwich, South East London, in 2013.

She set up Lee Rigby House in Staffordshire in 2017 but had to leave when the owner’s circumstances changed. She came up with caravan plan but then the pandemic hit.

She said: “I didn’t think we would make it through, but I am so happy that we did.”