Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coping at Christmas without Dad; Tragic War Hero's Son Is Treated to Festive Presents at Difficult Time

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coping at Christmas without Dad; Tragic War Hero's Son Is Treated to Festive Presents at Difficult Time

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Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG

SMILING bravely, little Brandon Campbell is facing up to the first Christmas without his hero dad.

Serjeant Steven Campbell, 30, was killed instantly from a blast in Sangin, Afghanistan, in March.

The bomb had been planted under a bridge where it could not be detected and went off as the commended soldier rode a quad bike on patrol with 3rd Battalion The Rifles.

For Brandon's mum Lisa and Steven, Christmas was their favourite time of year as they prepared to spoil their son after months spent apart.

But this year Lisa said it will be about overcoming pain, though she vowed to make it a day to remember their hero for the sake of their 10-year-old boy.

It was this bravery which inspired the Chronicle and Gateshead's Metrocentre to give the family an extra-special gift.

We teamed up with Europe's biggest retail centre to send Lisa and Brandon, from Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, County Durham, on a pounds 300 Christmas shopping spree.

Nothing can ease the pain of losing a loved one to war, but if anyone deserves a moment to forget the year's troubles it's families like the Campbells. And now the Christmas tree which Steven would carefully decorate with his son will have extra presents beneath it on December 25.

Lisa, 34, said: "Every day is hard to cope with for Brandon and I. We still miss Steven terribly. "Christmas is especially going to be hard because it was a time that Steven loved.

"He was like a big kid in that way and would spoil Brandon rotten.

"This will be the first one without my husband and Brandon's dad and we'll be thinking of him for the whole day.

"It'll be about remembering the great times we had. Playing in the snow and Steven messing about and making us laugh.

"It's going to be tough but it's important that Brandon is able to have a good Christmas. …

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