The sister of a heroic Huddersfield soldier is to take on another personal challenge.

Gemma Frampton did a skydive last year in memory Pte Anton Frampton, who was one of six soldiers killed by an Afghanistan bomb.

And next month she will take on the challenge of scaling Ben Nevis in Scotland, in aid of SSAFA - the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Families Association.

Gemma will be joined on the trek by Russell Shaw, father of Golcar soldier Lance Cpl Graham Shaw, 27, who also died in Afghanistan, and by the mum of Gareth Thursby, who was also killed in action in the conflict.

Pte Frampton, 20, of Longwood, was killed in March 2012 along with two other Huddersfield soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment, Cpl Jake Hartley and Pte Daniel Wilford. They and three others were in an armoured troop carrier which hit an improvised explosive device in Helmand province.

Gemma said: “Last year I did a skydive and this year I’m doing Nevis on September 21. Losing Anton was the worst thing to happen but because of this, he has helped me focus on changing my life, for the better and helping other people and giving back to the charity that saved our lives .

“This could have destroyed my life and many of times I’ve wanted to give up, but he’ss my inspiration; I don’t do a lot of walking but I recently did Ingleborough and Snowdon and getting to the top and seeing the world around them is a beautiful thing and the feeling of freedom is something you cannot describe to people.

“The reason I’m doing this as a sponsor is because its also a personal challenge to myself because I suffer with chronic depression and PTSD.

“I’m on medication and I am extremely tired all the time. Ben Nevis is 1,344 metres (4,406 ft) above sea level. The weather up there at the moment is rain and snow, and very poor visibility so it’s quite scary .

“The charity is SSAFA. I’m in the bereaved siblings group and me and mum are in the bereaved families group and they take us away twice a year to meet with other bereaved military families. There were over 200 people on the last one in April and to share your tragedy and be around people who actually understand is a relief and you don’t have to put on a front like in everyday life.

“This support network saved my life and I’m sure many more too”.

To sponsor Gemma go to or text ANTF63 TO DONATE £3.