Mother of fallen Scunthorpe soldier awards trophy named in his honour


The mother of fallen Scunthorpe soldier Anthony Lombardi presented a trophy named in his honour to the winners of special challenge run by Army reservists.

Teams from organisations across the Scunthorpe area took part in a one-day engineering challenge at the Army Reserve Centre, Budd VC Barracks and the winners – representing Humberside-based Phillips 66 – were awarded the Lombardi Trophy in memory of Craftsman Lombardi who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, aged 21.

“This year marks the tenth anniversary of Anthony’s death and it means a great deal to me to be part of an event in tribute to him and his contribution to the Armed Forces,” said Helen Lombardi.

Teams pitted themselves against a range of challenges that reservists face as part of their duties for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Among organisations represented were: Ongo Homes, NHS Healthcare Partnership, North Lindsey College, DWP and Phillips 66.

Phillips 66’s team captain Harvey said: “It’s been an amazing day and we can’t believe we’ve come out top across all the challenges.”

Teams built bridges using paper and straws, constructed rocket cars, fired weapons on an indoor simulated range, moved engines with a £350.000 recovery truck, cooked and tasted Army rations, conducted command tasks and took part in paint-balling during the course of the day.

Organiser Captain Wayne Eynon said: “The teams tackled the sort of challenges that are part and parcel of military life. It’s been great fun but also a chance for those taking part to develop their confidence, leadership skills and 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.

Pictured is: Craftsman Lombardi’s mother Helen (centre) presenting the trophy to Harvey Newby, right, an apprentice with Phillips 66 and captain of the winning team. Joining them, left, is Craftsman Lombardi’s brother Stephen Causebrook.

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