In memory of Liam

Corporal Liam Riley with Prince Harry

Corporal Liam Riley with Prince Harry

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It’s one of Sheffield’s biggest and most popular charity fundraising events.

Every year hundreds of people flock to the Fox Inn in Robin Lane, Beighton, to celebrate Corporal Liam Riley’s birthday.

And this year big numbers are set to turn out again – and it’s all in aid of Help For Heroes.

The day – in memory of Cpl Riley who was trying to save his fallen colleague Lance Corporal Graham Shaw whilst on patrol in Afghanistan when he died – takes place on Saturday, July 6.

Opened by Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE, who was terribly injured during the Afghan conflict, the event will feature bands, stalls, dance troupes, martial arts exhibitions and more.

It kicks off at 10.30am when football teams from around the city and beyond compete in the Liam Riley Memorial Cup.

And the fun goes on until late.

Since Coporal Riley’s death his family and friends in Beighton and Killamarsh have raised an incredible £63,792.81 for Help for Heroes in his memory.

Last year his mum Cheryl Routlege, her sister Marie Gregg and family friend Sarah Baxter were given a special award by the charity.

Cheryl said: “Liam was killed in action in Afghanistan on February 1, 2010, whilst trying to attend to his fallen comrade LCPL Graham Shaw.

“It would have been his 25th birthday on July 7.

“The conflict in Afghanistan unfortunately still goes on and therefore, so does the work of Help For Heroes.

“We were invited to Tedworth House to receive an award for outstanding fundraising which we collected with pride not just for ourselves but for the people who turn up year after year and donate their hard earned cash.

She added: “Help For Heroes loves the way we have fun and enjoy Liam’s birthday with the same spirit he himself would have celebrated.”

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