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Captain Stephen Healey honoured with a memorial football match

Date
28 August 2012 12:03

Friends and family of Welsh solider Captain Stephen Healey all gathered in Cardiff on Sunday 26 August for a memorial football match in his honour in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

Captain Stephen Healey, who served with 1st Batallion the Royal Welsh (Royal Welsh Fusiliers), was killed in May while on patrol in Helmand Province. A keen footballer, he had also been an apprentice at Swansea City football club and his old team Llanrunmey FC reunited for the charity match, playing against a Friends team made up of Capt Healey's friends from growing up and from his time studying at Swansea University.

His friend Rhodri Morgan, who was goalie in the old Llanrumney side, said the team had all grown up together and Capt Healey's death gave them the boost to reunite.

The match helped raise £1950 for Blind Veterans UK, Capt Healey's charity of choice. An active fundraiser for Blind Veterans, Steve and other soldiers from 1st Royal Welsh had also walked blindfolded from Chester to Llandudno in aid of the charity. Donations can be made in his memory at www.justgiving.com/captainstephenhealey.

Later this year, Stephen's girlfriend, Thea Davies, will also be doing a charity run in memory of Capt Healey for Blind Veterans UK. She will cover 415 miles from 7 October 2012 to the 6 October 2013, the number 415 being significant as Steve was the 415th fallen solider. Help support Thea at www.justgiving.com/415miles.

Check out some of the press coverage on Capt Stephen Healey's charity football match. 

BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-19385050.

ITV - http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2012-08-26/fallen-soldier-captain-stephen-healey-honoured-with-fundraising-football-match/