Hero’s portrait helps charity

sp91162 Liam Riley Painting at Beighton. Marie Gregg
sp91162 Liam Riley Painting at Beighton. Marie Gregg

THE FAMILY of a brave Killamarsh soldier who died in a bomb blast in Afghanistan have been presented with a portrait of the hero.

Corporal Liam Riley, 21, of the Yorkshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion, died trying to save a comrade. Since his death his mother Cheryl Routledge and his auntie Marie Gregg have organised fundraising events for Help for Heroes.

During their summer charity fun day, artist Trinity Taylor donated her painting of Liam for a fundraising auction at the event and the winner gave the portrait to the family.

Marie said: “Trinity did a painting of Liam and the six other Derbyshire soldiers who have died in Afghanistan and she donated the picture of Liam which we auctioned for charity.

“An ex-soldier placed £100 on Liam’s painting and won it and then donated it. We’re grateful and we’ve been moved by the kindness of people like these.”

Nottingham-based Trinity completed seven portraits in the style of stamps as part of her project which included pictures of deceased Chesterfield soldier Private Ben Ford and deceased Ripley soldier Drummer Thomas Wright.

Trinity said: “I’ve submitted the other six portraits to the The Crompton Tavern, in Derby, as part of a mail-themed gallery where entrants delivered paintings on envelopes which is why I did my pictures in the style of stamps.

“It was emotional doing portraits of these soldiers who have died so young and money made from the sale of these pictures will go towards Help for Heroes.”

Cpl Riley’s family have raised over £39,157 since his death in February, 2010, for Help for Heroes to support injured service personnel.

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