Hero’s fun-day for armed forces

NEWS COLLECT picture of Corporal Liam Riley on a training exercise in Canada with Prince Harry.  Corporal Riley, 21, died in an explosion near Malgir, Helmand in Afghanistan, on Monday morning
NEWS COLLECT picture of Corporal Liam Riley on a training exercise in Canada with Prince Harry. Corporal Riley, 21, died in an explosion near Malgir, Helmand in Afghanistan, on Monday morning

THE FAMILY of brave Killamarsh soldier Corporal Liam Riley who died in Afghanistan are holding a fundraising fun day for the Help for Heroes charity.

Cpl Riley (21) died from a blast while trying to save a comrade from enemy fire and ever since his mother Cheryl Routledge and her sister Marie Gregg have supported Help for Heroes and are hosting a second fundraising fun day.

The fun-day will be held from the Fox pub, on Robin Lane, Beighton, from 12.10pm, on Saturday, July 2, with a balloon launch in honour of Liam.

Cheryl, who thanked Marie for organising the event, 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.”

The fun-day is the second event to be held to mark Liam’s birthday in July and his family plan to make it a regular annual celebration.

Marie told how the first fun day raised £3,500 for Help for Heroes - which supports injured service personnel - and Liam’s family with friends and residents have now raised a total of £36,107 for the cause.

Events on the day will include a football tournament, rodeo bull, a bouncy castle, rides, raffles, games, activities and refreshments including a hog roast.

There will be live music from 4.30pm from In Helsinki and performances from the Discreet Urban Dance group with karaoke and an auction in the evening.