THE family of a Mapplewell soldier who died last year are taking to the skies to raise money in his honour on the first anniversary of his death.

Daniel Lee was 22 when he died on September 16 - and was a serving soldier at the time.

Described by his mum, 44-year-old Rachel Nelson, as a man who was - and still is - loved by everyone, the family are hoping to raise as much money as possible for a charity close to their heart.

She told the Chronicle: “He was absolute gem.

“He was so kind, helpful and was there for everyone - he had a heart of gold.

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“He had a genuinely good heart.

“Me, his dad David and sister Lauren are all going to be jumping out of a plane on the first anniversary of his death.”

The trio will travel to Nottingham next month to raise money for charity The British Troops who have helped them since Daniel’s death.

“The charity never forget a fallen soldier,” she said.

“They always send something out on special days like his birthday or Mother’s Day and they’re always there for support.

“The target was originally £1,000 but we’ve already hit that with a month to go.

“I’d love to raise as much money and awareness of the charity as we possibly can.”