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Surrey fundraising bid for car crash soldier Ben Regan

Ben Regan and his father Jim Image copyright PA
Image caption Ben Regan, pictured with his father Jim, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash

An appeal has begun to raise money for a memorial to a young soldier from Surrey who died in a car crash.

Ben Regan, 20, who served with the Coldstream Guards, died in Bell Street, Reigate, in June 2015.

Fundraiser Mandy Jenkins said the money would pay for a bench and a rugby trophy and also to help local veterans.

Jake Polmeer, 27, of Bushfield Drive, Redhill, was charged with driving offences after the crash and is due to face trial in September.

'Place to remember'

Ms Jenkins, whose son went to school with the soldier, said Mr Regan performed Trooping the Colour with the Coldstream Guards a week before he died.

"Ben was a lovely, bubbly young lad, well-liked by everybody," she said.

She said the bench would be a place for the soldier's family to remember him and the trophy was for a match between Dorking Rugby Club, where Mr Regan played, and the Coldstream Guards rugby team.

People also wanted to place a tankard behind the bar at the rugby club "so that Ben's always in the bar at the clubhouse", she added.

And she said the rest of the money raised would go towards helping fund a veterans' drop-in centre once a month in Merstham.

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