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Private Lee O'Callaghan

Bench to be unveiled on Saturday

7 November 2019

A bench is set to be unveiled at The Den on Saturday in memory of Millwall fan Private Lee O'Callaghan, who sadly lost his life in Basrah, Iraq, in August 2004.

The idea of fellow fan Lee Evans - who was also the brainchild behind a street named O'Callaghan Way, on the Heygate Estate in Walworth three years ago - Lee's Dad used to run the Alscott Arms pub in Bermondsey. As a child, Lee was taken to a few away games, which is where his love of The Lions began.

A group of friends decided to try and raise money for the bench via supporter forum House of Fun, and also ran a collection in the Executive Boxes here at The Den.

One of the group, John Davies, said: "I went into Huski Chocolate's box and Rodrigo, Linus and Mikael [from The Lions' principal partners] pulled me to one side and told me how much they respect the armed services and the sort of work they do - and then said they wanted to pay for the whole bench. True to their word, they paid the whole lot."

The bench was made in Belfast and paid for by Huski, with the House of Fun collection - of just under £2,000 - going to other causes, such as Charlie Wynn, the Millwall supporting boxer who suffered life changing injuries, The Evelina Children's Hospital and Demelza Hospice.

Ryan Leonard's home kit has been sponsored in memory of Lee for two seasons now, and the VIP Experience - one of the benefits of kit sponsorship - are being given to Lee's family this weekend.

The bench will be located by the front of the Barry Kitchener Stand, with the unveiling - by Lions CEO Steve Kavanagh, Ben Thompson and members of the O'Callaghan family - taking place at midday.

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