Liam’s memorial day

Corporal Liam Riley on a training exercise in Canada with Prince Harry.
Corporal Liam Riley on a training exercise in Canada with Prince Harry.
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FRIENDS and family of fallen Sheffield soldier Corp Liam Riley hope to smash through the £40,000 barrier when they hold a fundraising day in his memory this weekend - and they’d like you to join them.

Former Westfield School pupil Liam, who grew up in Beighton and later Killamarsh, was killed in action while trying to rescue his dying comrade Lance Corp Graham Shaw who had stepped on a roadside bomb in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Liam would have been celebrating his 23rd birthday next week.

Ever since his death his family have been helping to raise funds for charity Help For Heroes.

Now the family are certain that they can reach the £40,000 milestone this weekend when they hold a fun day at The Fox Inn, Beighton.

Organised by Liam’s aunt Marie Gregg, of Victoria Road, Beighton, the day will feature a football tournament involving four local pub teams, a rodeo bull, street dancers, a hog roast, fairground rides and live music from local band In Helsinki.

Marie said: “It is Liam’s birthday on July 7 and last year we held a weekend fundraising event as near to his birthday as we could.

“It went so well we’re doing it again, starting with a balloon launch on Reignhead School fields at midday.

“The total we have raised so far stands at £36,107 and we hope people will support us once again this weekend to help ensure we smash through the £40,000 barrier.”