Mark Burgan 14 April 1982 to 23 March 2011
"I did my duty, I paid the supreme price,
I pray you'll remember my sacrifice,
My life was short, I did my best,
God grant me peace in my eternal rest"
Irish Guardsman, Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan was killed on Wednesday 23rd March 2011 in Afganistan, just six days from returning home. He died alongside fellow soldier Major Matthew Collins when an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle they were driving to return back to base - just two of the brave soldiers who have lost their lives fighting for our country.
The Mark Burgan Memorial Fund has been set up to raise funds for four extremely worthwhile organisations.
The Royal British Legion (Charity No 219279)
Providing welfare to the whole Armed Forces family, serving, ex-service and their dependants.
The Irish Guards Appeal (Charity No 247477)
Created to supplement existing regimental charitable funds, which are already fully committed. They are continuously raising funds helping to assist all Irish guards and their families affected by serious injury and disabilities..
SANDS - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death (Charity No 299679)
Mark Burgan was very close to our hearts and with tragedy striking his family life twice with the loss of his only child,his baby son Archie who was born sleeping. The Mark Burgan Memorial will support SANDS - raising money and awareness of stillbirth and neonatal death and help individual bereaved familes when possible.
Through these charities, we are hoping to raise money and awareness for ALL our soldiers, past and present.
Mark Burgan's life will not be in vain. A true hero who never came home - his memory will now live on.
Since creating the fund in November 2011, we have held several major events - a Gala Dinners,Heaets & Heroes Ball, Family Fundays,Easter Egg Hunt, Abseils down the Northampton Express Life Tower - as well as a lot of individual fund raising.
All of this has enabled us to donate ( to date September 2015 ) over £40,000 between our chosen charities. We have also made some smaller donations to other charities with a similar cause, as well as payments directly to individual wounded service personnel and grieving parents who have lost a child at birth or during infancy.
Finally, thank you all for your support in helping these worthwhile causes in Mark's name.