Fundraising revellers rallied for heroes

Pictured are revellers enjoying a fun-day for the Help for Heroes charity in honour of Killamarsh hero Cpl Liam Riley.
Pictured are revellers enjoying a fun-day for the Help for Heroes charity in honour of Killamarsh hero Cpl Liam Riley.

THE FAMILY of brave Killamarsh soldier Corporal Liam Riley who died in Afghanistan have now helped raise nearly £40,000 for the Help for Heroes charity thanks to another successful fun-day in his honour.

Cpl Riley (21) died from a blast while trying to save a comrade and since his mother Cheryl Routledge and her sister Marie Gregg have supported the charity and held a fundraising day on Saturday.

Marie said: “We’re so proud of Liam and that’s why we hold this event and clearly a lot of wonderful people around the village feel the same way.”

The fun day, from the Fox pub, at Beighton, was the second to be held to mark Cpl Riley’s birthday in July and family plan to make it a regular occasion.

Hundreds enjoyed a balloon launch, a football tournament, a bouncy castle, rides, raffles, games and live entertainment.

Marie said the first fun-day raised £3,500 for Help for Heroes - which supports injured service personnel - and so far Saturday’s event has raised £3,050.

Together with other fundraising, the family and supporters have so far raised a total of £39,157 for the cause.

Cheryl said: “This charity means so much for me. If Liam had survived with injuries, Help for Heroes would have been there to help him survive.

“Unfortunately, this was not to be but instead we’re fundraising in memory of Liam in the hope we can help others.”

A War Memorial Committee is also raising money for a cenotaph for Killamarsh and campaigners have applied to local authorities for a statue in Cpl Riley’s honour.

Chairman Bill Rice, of the war memorial committee, said: “Local people have so far raised around £6,000 towards the £9,000 cost of the memorial and we’re confident the remainder will be raised before this year’s Remembrance Day.” Are you supporting the troops in your area? Email comment@derbyshiretimes.co.uk. jon.cooper@derbyshiretimes.co.uk