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A SCHOOL hopes to raise thousands of pounds for an armed forces charity in memory of fallen airman Ryan Tomlin.

The 21-year-old’s former teacher at Hemel Hempstead’s Astley Cooper School, Bex Howe, has been organising the fundraising concert alongside Ryan’s parents.

Ryan, left, came under fire while on patrol in Afghanistan in February, and died of his wounds.

Mrs Howe, who was Ryan’s form tutor, said: “You tend to feel so helpless when something like this happens and this is a way of doing something that is pro-active because it is raising funds for Ryan’s nominated charity.”

Money raised will go to the charity SSAFA Forces Help, which provides support to troops and their families.

The event at the school in St Agnells Lane, Hemel Hempstead, starts at 6pm on Wednesday, July 11, with activities and craft stalls before performers take to the stage from 7.30pm.

Among the acts will be six of Ryan’s close friends who have decided to reform their school days band for the night.

There will be other local bands, including Underview and The Entsir Brothers, as well as performances from students and opera singer Rebecca Howard will open the show.

There are 500 tickets on sale, at £4 for adults, £2 concessions and £10 for a family pass. If you’d like to be there on the night, tickets are available from reception at the Grovehill secondary school.