Huge success for charity gig tribute to popular marine

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FRIENDS and relatives of a marine who died turned out for a night of music and fundraising in his honour.

Royal Marine Richard Hollington was killed by injuries sustained from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while on patrol with 40 Commando in June.

And last night the Hampshire Rose, on London Road, Waterlooville, filled with people who knew and loved the 23-year-old marine, as they tried to add to the more than 50,000 which has already been raised in his memory.

Becky Fox, 21, organised the event after seeing the incredible efforts made by his parents and friends.

She said: 'I've had so much help and support from so many people, because they all want to do something to remember Richard.

'He was such a popular, friendly guy. We sold our 200 tickets in no time.

'I was nervous waiting for it to start, because I worried no one would come, but it has been really successful.'

Hundreds arrived to watch the evening's six-band line up, which included hugely talented 10-year-old Harry Croughan, and headliners The Scandal - who were all close friends of Mne Hollington.

The band's singer Kieran Wallace, 24, of the Dale in Waterlooville, said the night was a celebration of their friend's life through music.

'Richard loved music and came to see us whenever we played locally,' he said. 'So it was an honour for us to headline tonight.

'We were all hit so hard when he passed away that we had to do something in his honour, and to raise money for all the people who are still out there, doing what he did.'

Events to raise money in Richard's memory have included a charity football match, karaoke night, lorry pull and charity dinner

Mne Hollington's mum Jenny, 50, from Steep, near Petersfield, said the night had brought together all the different groups who cared about her son.

She said: 'I am just overwhelmed to see so many people here, and we are very grateful for everybody turning up.

'It's amazing to see Richard's football, music, school and Army friends all coming out to remember him like this. Becky has done an incredible job of bringing people together.'

The pub also sold cakes and had a raffle to raise money, and more events are planned. To donate to Help for Heroes, in Mne Hollington's memory, go to justgiving.com/Marine-Richard-Hollington.

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