Dog race helps raise funds for memorial

pictured at Mansfield Road cemetery Intake Sheffield are the Family of Matthew D|avid Cryer who died after eing pushed down some stairs in Greece on his 1st Holiday 3 years ago.'Matthew 's Family sat on the bench that Molly the Grayhound who races under the name justice for Matthew , and as thelp  raise cash towards the bench. with her Winnings.'ltor, Matthew's Grandmother, Joy Cryer, Step Mum Maria, Georgia, Molly, & Emily , & Dad David Cryer with Dog Molly.
pictured at Mansfield Road cemetery Intake Sheffield are the Family of Matthew D|avid Cryer who died after eing pushed down some stairs in Greece on his 1st Holiday 3 years ago.'Matthew 's Family sat on the bench that Molly the Grayhound who races under the name justice for Matthew , and as thelp raise cash towards the bench. with her Winnings.'ltor, Matthew's Grandmother, Joy Cryer, Step Mum Maria, Georgia, Molly, & Emily , & Dad David Cryer with Dog Molly.
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SHE did her bit - and so did the council.

Molly the greyhound was the star of a race night at Owlerton Stadium held to raise money to pay for a bench in memory of Sheffield teenager Matthew Cryer, who died aged 17 while on holiday on the Greek island of Zante.

An inquest in Chesterfield ruled Sheffield Wednesday fan Matthew, of Killamarsh, who was brought up in Frecheville, had been unlawfully killed after fearing he had been beaten up by bouncers at nightclub in Laganas and thrown dow the steps.

Matthew’s family and friends turned out in force to cheer on Molly - whose racing name is Justice for Matt - and raised a total of £500 which was put towards the £800 cost for the bench.

The family wanted to put the bench by his grave in Intake Cemetery in time for Matthew’s 21st birthday.

The specially crafted benches normally take up to 12 weeks to be made and put it place - so it looked likely that family would be disappointed.

But then Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, stepped in to help.

Coun Bramall said: “Our thoughts are with Matthew’s family at what I am sure is a hard time for them.

“We are committed to do all we can to help the family mark this day of remembrance.

“That is why I am pleased that we were able to make sure a memorial bench sit in Intake cemetery, where Matthew is buried, was in place before his birthday.

“I hope this will help the family in their time of grief.”

The benches are custom made then transported to the cemetery for positioning by council staff.

Coun Bramall said if council staff are made aware of any special requirements from families they will try wherever possible to help.

Matthew’s dad David thanked the council.

He said: “We really appreciate what they have done - it meant a lot to us to have the bench in place for Matthew’s birthday.”