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Football game to remember soldier

Football match honours soldier
The match was played in Burton Joyce near Nottingham

The family of a Nottingham soldier who was killed in Afghanistan have held a football match to raise funds for a memorial for him.

L/Cpl Kieron Hill was killed in an explosion while on patrol with the 2nd Battalion the Mercian regiment in May.

Family, friends and army cadets took part in the match at Gedling Town Football Club, which raised about £500.

A memorial is planned to be unveiled in Clifton on 18 April 2010, which would have been his 21st birthday.

Kieron would have loved everything that's happening
Stepfather John Holmes

L/Cpl Hill's mother, Vicki Holmes, said: "It was something that the cadets thought up to raise some funds for the Kieron Hill monument, which is for all the soldiers from Clifton who have lost their lives.

"Kieron played quite a big role with the cadets, even when he later joined the army, when he was on leave he used to go down and play a major part."

A fundraising campaign has already raised £13,500 towards the £19,000 needed for the monument.

Stepfather John Holmes said Kieron's family and friends were working hard to keep his memory alive.

"Everybody's feeling down and it's very hard but we have to go on.

"Kieron would have loved everything that's happening. He's probably looking down now and laughing."

The family want the memorial to include a monument, trees and benches and be situated near Clifton library.

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