Call for businesses to take part in challenge in memory of fallen Scunthorpe soldier


Army reservists are calling on businesses in South Humberside to compete for a trophy named in honour of Scunthorpe soldier Anthony Lombardi who was killed in Afghanistan.

Employers are being invited to nominate staff to take part in a one-day engineering challenge at the Army Reserve Centre, Budd VC Barracks – with the winning team being awarded the Lombardi Trophy in memory of Craftsman Lombardi who was killed in 2009 at the age of 21.

“The day will be a chance for businesses and other employers across the area to get a real taste of life as an army reservist,” said Captain Wayne Eynon.

“We want teams to pit themselves against the challenges our reservists tackle in their duties for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

“They will get the chance to operate complex military equipment and tackle the sort of engineering challenges that are part and parcel of military life. It will be a fun day but also a chance for participants to develop their leadership skills, their self-confidence and build teamwork.”

As a local unit, reservists at Budd VC Barracks, in Cottage Beck Road, maintain a strong connection with the family of Craftsman Lombardi who was a pupil of Melior Community College and was attached to the Light Dragoons.

As part of this, they award the Lombardi trophy once a year for those taking part an event in support of their work.

*The challenge takes place on Tuesday February 19 at Budd VC Barracks. Any businesses wanting a place should contact Warrant Officer Jon Jones on 01724 869159 or email: [email protected]

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