AN annual fundraising event in memory of a Bromsgrove soldier is being held this weekend.

Private Robbie Laws was killed at the age of 18 while taking part in Operation Panther's Claw in Afghanistan in 2009.

To honour the soldier townsfolk are being invited to the popular Remembering Robbie event, which brings together his family and friends.

The memorial night, being held at the Court Leet in Worcester Road from 7.30pm this Saturday, August 16, features a grand auction and raffle.

A number of businesses have supported the fundraiser by donating items for the event including bed and breakfast for two at the Holiday Inn, family days out at local wildlife and safari parks, meals out at local restaurants, and vouchers for local shops, butchers, garden centres, bowling, hairdressers, gyms, and leisure centres.

There are also impressive prizes for the auction including an Aston Villa shirt and other signed sporting memorabilia, tickets for Worcester Races, Warriors Rugby, Worcestershire County Cricket, and Wembley and Anfield Stadium tours.

The Court Leet has also donated the pub's function room for a private party, normal costing £150.

All proceeds raised are to be donated to Help for Heroes - the charity supporting wounded servicemen and women when returning from conflict, which his friends and families have tirelessly fundraised for since Robbie's untimely death.

Robbie's mum Wendy said: "This event is our way of marking the fifth anniversary in a way that Rob would approve of.

"It is a chance for family, friends, and supporters to get together, reminisce, and raise a glass in respect, and raise cash for such a worthwhile cause.

"Everyone is welcome, there are bargains to be had, and the chance to win a fantastic prize."