Memorial for fallen soldier

Friends and family of Welsh soldier Captain Stephen Healey, who was killed in Afghanistan, have held a fundraising football match in his memory.

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Tribute game raises nearly £2,000

Captain Healey's family were there to show their support for yesterday's charity game Credit: ITV News Wales

A football match held yesterday in honour of Captain Stephen Healey, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in May, raised at least £1,950 for charity. The money is being donated to Stephen's charity of choice, Blind Veterans UK, who he did a lot of work with in years gone by.

Future matches will be held every year on the anniversary of Stephen's death, on the May bank holiday.


Swansea City add tribute to former apprentice

Swansea City have offered their condolences to the family of Stephen Healey, who was with the club as a youngster. Captain Healey, from 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh, was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.

We are saddened to hear of the death of former defender Stephen Healey. The 29-year-old served his apprenticeship at the Swans, he also played for Llanelli and Port Talbot Town in the Welsh Premier League. Everyone at Swansea City Football Club would like to offer their condolences to Stephen’s family and friends at this difficult time.

– Swansea City Football Club spokesperson

University's tribute to soldier

Swansea University has released a statement paying tribute to former student Stephen Healey, who was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday.

We were incredibly sad to hear the news about Stephen who studied Sports Science at Swansea University, graduating in 2005. Stephen was a credit to the university, an excellent student who worked hard and was extremely popular with both students and staff. Stephen represented the university 1st football team between 2002-2005 and was an active participant in student life. He will always be remembered for the significant contributions he made to the university in both his academic studies and in sport._**

– Professor James Watkins, Head of the Swansea University Sports Science Department in 2005


Charity's tribute to fundraising soldier

The charity for blind ex-servicemen and servicewomen, Blind Veterans UK, says it's deeply saddened by the news of Captain Stephen Healey's death.

Captain Healey, from 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh, was killed on Saturday in Afghanistan. Last year, he organised a fundraising walk, with members of the battalion wearing blindfolds, from the barracks in Chester to the charity's rehabilitation and training centre in Llandudno.

Captain Healey was a very impressive young man who did so much to help support blind veterans. His loss will be greatly felt. Our sympathy goes out to his family, friends and Battalion at this very sad time.

– Robert Leader, Chief Executive, Blind Veterans UK

Soldier named

Captain Healey joined the army in 2007 Credit: Ministry of Defence

A soldier from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh, killed in Afghanistan on Saturday has been named as Captain Stephen Healey from Cardiff. The Ministry of Defence says the 29-year-old was on a patrol in Helmand Province when the vehicle in which he was travelling was caught in a bomb blast.

The semi-professional football player's family say he was "all you could wish for in a son, brother, uncle and friend."

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