Family of heroic Sheffield soldier on course to raise £100,000 in his memory

14/03/2012'Collect photo of Corporal Liam Riley who was killed by a roadside bomb as he tried to save a friend's life. 'Corporal Riley, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was described by Prince Harry as a 'legend' in a rare public tribute following news of his death.'Today a statue is to be unveiled in Corporal Rileys village of Killamarsh.''rossparry.co.uk/syndication

14/03/2012'Collect photo of Corporal Liam Riley who was killed by a roadside bomb as he tried to save a friend's life. 'Corporal Riley, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was described by Prince Harry as a 'legend' in a rare public tribute following news of his death.'Today a statue is to be unveiled in Corporal Rileys village of Killamarsh.''rossparry.co.uk/syndication

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The family of a Sheffield soldier killed in Afghanistan are on course to raise more than £100,000 for charity in his memory.

Corporal Liam Riley was killed by a roadside bomb in February 2010 in Helmand Province while trying to save a colleague when he was aged just 21.

Corporal Liam Riley served with Prince Harry at a military training unit in Canada in 2007.

Corporal Liam Riley served with Prince Harry at a military training unit in Canada in 2007.

Fundraising efforts by family and friends since then have helped raise more than £75,000 for Help for Heroes.

Their latest event is being backed by a very special supporter - Sheffield’s world champion boxer Kell Brook.

A fun day featuring live music, a football tournament and food stalls is to be held at the Beighton Welfare Recreational Ground on Saturday, July 4, with Brook due to attend at 2pm.

Marie Gregg, Liam’s aunt, said up to 3,000 people are expected to attend the event after the annual fundraiser outgrew its original venue of The Fox pub in Beighton.

The balloons are off to show its open

The balloons are off to show its open

The event takes place each year on the Saturday closest to Cpl Riley’s birthday. He would have been 27 this year.

Marie said it is hoped between £3,000 and £4,000 can be raised from the latest event, which costs £2 for adults to attend and is free for under 12s.

“We are so grateful to people who have donated in the past and still are,” she said.

“Getting to £100,000 was my target to start with.

“It is just lovely people aren’t forgetting him. The fact we are still getting massive turnouts for these events shows how well respected Liam was.

“It actually helps us as a family to know he has touched other people’s lives. It is lovely people remember him.”

Cpl Riley had been serving with the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

The Sheffield Wednesday fan grew up in Beighton before moving to Killamarsh. He played football for both Beighton Magpies and the Throstles.

He had served with Prince Harry when they trained together in Canada and the royal paid tribute to him following his death, sending a heartfelt letter to his mother Cheryl Routledge.

Cpl Riley was killed when he stepped on to a roadside bomb as he bravely tried to save Lance Corporal Graham Shaw, 27, who had stepped on a similar device just moments before.

Following his death in 2010, his commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Tom Vallings said the Army had identified him as ‘one of our stars of the future’.

He said: “He was an inspirational leader of men and was the youngest corporal in the battalion.

“He led by example, with boundless energy and an infectious smile that would spur his team on when life got tough.

“He personified all the very best qualities of a Yorkshire soldier - brave, tough, honest and proud.”

Marie said raffle prizes are being sought for the event, with Sheffield United donating a season ticket as one of the prizes. Anyone who wishes to donate something can email inmemoryofliam@mail.com.

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