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A rugby tournament organised to raise money in memory of a young soldier is being sponsored by Shepherd Neame.
Lieutenant Aaron Lewis was killed in action aged 26 while on his first deployment with the 29 Commando Unit to Afghanistan in 2008.
Family and friends of the soldier, from Rochford in Essex, set up a charitable foundation in his name, which has already raised almost £200,000.
It organises a number of annual fundraising events, including the Aaron Lewis Rugby 10s Tournament, now in its sixth year.
This year’s event, which attracts teams from across the country, is taking place at Westcliff Rugby Football club in Essex on Saturday, June 21.
In addition to the sporting action, there will also be a barbecue, refreshments, live music and entertainment for all the family.
Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer, is supporting the fundraiser for a second year by providing a cask of specially-brewed Aaron’s Ale, cases of bottled Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager and sponsoring the Beer Cup trophy. It will also be running an outside bar at the event.
Sponsorship co-ordinator Patric Redding said: “Every year we aim to make Aaron proud by making a difference, and we couldn’t do that without great sponsors like Shepherd Neame. We are delighted that they are getting involved once again, and hopefully this year’s event will be the best yet.”
Shepherd Neame account manager Terry McParland said: “The brewery is an avid supporter of local sport, and Westcliff is among the clubs we sponsor. When we heard about this fantastic fundraising rugby tournament, held in memory of such a special young man, we were delighted to offer our support.”
For more information about getting involved as a participant or sponsor, visit www.aaronlewisfoundation.org.uk or call Patric Redding on 07939 360818.