Coventry & Warwickshire

Family fundraise in memory of son killed in Afghanistan

Private Conrad Lewis
Image caption Pte Conrad Lewis died patrolling in Helmand province

The family of a soldier who died in Afghanistan have set up an organisation in his memory to raise money for military charities.

Pte Conrad Lewis from Claverdon, Warwickshire, was killed in Helmand in February.

His father, Tony Lewis, said the not-for-profit organisation was called 353 because Conrad was the 353rd soldier to die in Afghanistan.

He said it would sell products and fundraise to donate to charities.

'Positive, proactive'

Twenty-two-year-old Pte Lewis, of 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was shot while on patrol in Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.

In September he was recognised posthumously with a Mention in Despatches.

Mr Lewis, 49, said the family had set up the organisation to raise funds as a tribute to his son.

"You want the memory of your son, who's torn from you in such a tragic way to carry on.

"But we decided that we needed to do this in a very positive, proactive way, the way that Conrad lived his life and the way he served his country," he said.

"We decided that we needed to raise funds in his memory to support his fellow soldiers, their families and military charities."

Mr Lewis said as well as generating money by selling products, in the longer term he hoped that 353 would be able to offer employment opportunities for people who had been affected by military conflict.

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