TWO friends are hosting a charity night in memory of Upton Rifleman Luke Farmer.
Adam Hinchliff, 27, and Mark Tepper, 39, will bare all when they get their legs waxed to raise money towards the brave soldier’s memorial garden.
Rifleman Farmer, 19, of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Sangin, near Helmand Province, in January 2010.
The former Minsthorpe Community College student, of Third Avenue, had been trying to keep his comrades safe by leading the way with a metal detector during night patrol.
The friends both played rugby for Upton Rugby Club and knew Rifleman Farmer when he played for the youth team before he left for Afghanistan.
Mr Hinchliff, who is a committee member at the club, said: “Every year we do a charity event and thought it was the perfect time to do one in memory of Luke.”
The garden is hoped to be located on Waggon Lane, Upton, at the side of the youth club.
Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council are organising the memorial and it is hoped to plant flowers originating from Afghanistan.
Rifleman Farmer will also be remembered at a church service at All Saints Church, South Kirkby, at 6pm on Sunday.
The remembrance service comes shortly after five young soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment were killed in Afghanistan last Tuesday. A sixth serviceman, from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was also killed.
The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment was adopted by Wakefield when it was granted the Freedom of the City in 2010. A special service for all fallen soldiers was held at Wakefield Cathedral last week.
The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, said: “My prayers and condolences are with all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.”
The charity event takes place on March 30, at Upton Brookside WMC, Tom Wood Ash Lane, Upton.
Entry is £2 and starts at 6pm. The friends said if they make more than £1,000 on the night itself, they will have a second wax.