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Peter McFerran appeal boosted with Deeside couple’s stunning print gift

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A DEESIDE couple who tragically lost their son in an air show crash have donated a print to the Chronicle’s Peter McFerran Appeal.

The limited edition print, entitled Vintage Break, will be auctioned at the Peter McFerran Appeal sportsman’s evening tonight (Friday) at Deeside College.

The stunning print, which depicts the ex-vintage Pair Vampire T11 XE920 in flight with the Meteor T7, WF791, was donated by Shiela and George Kerr of Ewloe.

The couple lost their son Jonathan Kerr, 32, when the De Havilland Vampire plane he was co-piloting crashed at the Biggin Hill air show in Kent in 2001.

Jonathan died with Air Marshal Sir Kenneth Hayr, aged 66.

The original painting Vintage Break was done by Keith Barlow of Mold and the print has been signed by the plane’s original test pilot John Wilson and Second World War fighter pilot John Cunningham, known as Cat’s Eye Cunningham.

It has been framed at cost price by Richard Davies of Hawarden.

Mrs Kerr said: "This has been donated by us in memory of Peter McFerran and our son Jonathan."

Jonathan had rebuilt the vintage XE920 Vampire plane to flying condition.

Today it is in Chino, California, and is still in flying condition.

The Chronicle’s Peter McFerran Appeal is aiming to raise £15,000 to buy an incubator at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s special care baby unit (SCBU) in memory of Peter.

The 24-year-old of Connah’s Quay, a senior aircraftsman with the RAF was killed in Iraq in July 2007.

He spent time in an incubator at the hospital after being born prematurely.

In addition to the auction lot, Mr Kerr has donated £100 to the Peter McFerran Appeal after completing his 19th Great North Run last month.

Mr Kerr, 79, was unsure if he’d be able to do the run due to ill health, so did not ask for sponsorship.

But he did cross the finishing line and on hearing this, his close friends made donations to him, which he has generously given to our appeal.