THE partner of a Rhyl Marine killed in action will keep his memory alive with a charity football match.
Mother of three, Sonia Fleming, of Gwynfryn Avenue, Rhyl, has organised the event to pay tribute to Michael Taylor, who died in a gun battle with insurgent forces in Helmand province, Afghanistan in 2010.
The match, to take place at Rhyl Football Club on Saturday, June 23, will mark the second anniversary of his death, and all the money raised will go to Scottys Little Soldiers, a charity dedicated to supporting children who have lost a parent in the forces.
Miss Fleming spoke about the past two years since the loss of Michael.
“It still doesn't feel real,” she said.
“I have got to stay strong for the kids sake.
“My youngest son, Charlton, was only 10-months-old when Michael died, but he still remembers him - we have made sure of that.
“He knows he takes flowers to his daddy’s grave - and he has made him a father’s day card to take there.”
Miss Fleming said she is still in touch with the partners of other Marines who have died while serving their country.
“They give me great support, and they are there whenever you want to talk,” she said.
“I have just got to crack on with each day.”
Last year, she helped raise more than £7000 for Scottys Little Soldiers with the same event, and she believes it is a vital charity that offers fantastic support to the children.
“It’s the children who get forgotten about,” she said.
“This charity sends the children presents at Christmas and birthdays, and offers them support and someone to talk to.”
The match will kick off at 3pm, and Michael’s sons, Ethan 15 and Wesley 13, will team up with friends to take on the 40 Commando Royal Marines, who will travelled from Taunton.
The match will be followed by a gathering at the football club’s bar.