In 2010 Sir Bob Murray pledged £10,000 to the Brothers in Arms charity. The charity launched a campaign in 2009 to build a memorial wall in Sunderland dedicated to soldiers who have lost their lives since WWII.
The charity was founded by local families who have lost a child in the line of duty.One family involved with the Brothers in Arms charity is that of Private Nathan Cuthbertson, who was tragically killed in Afghanistan aged just 19 years old.Speaking in 2010, Sir Bob said: “I met the Cuthbertson family and they are wonderful people who have endured unimaginable tragedy. As a parent myself I cannot begin to understand what they and other families are going through and I commend them from the bottom of my heart for showing an amazing strength of character in getting this campaign off the ground. “I wanted to help the project for the Cuthbertsons and all those families who have lost loved ones. The City of Sunderland is steeped in military tradition and it is so important that these brave young men and women are remembered in a fitting way and for their families to know that everyone in our city and beyond is so very proud of them.” The charity successfully raised their target of £100,000 for the memorial wall and it was unveiled during the Remembrance Day parade in Sunderland during November 2011. The concept for the wall designed by Sunderland based Fitz Architects is soldiers standing in formation. The wall subtly rises and falls in a gentle curve to represent individuals standing together as ‘Brothers in arms’. It was also designed as an educational resource to convey information on each conflict since World War II. Solid grey granite was used to construct the wall.