On February 9th 2011, Private Conrad Lewis became the 353rd British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan while serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment on Op Herrick 13. Conrad always tried to live his life to the full and fulfil everything he wanted to do, including what turned out to be his last wish of fighting with his brothers in war torn Afghanistan. 353 is in memory and celebration of a rich and happy life. But 353 is not a full stop. It is a new beginning…

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353 is a charitable trust with the aim of helping members of the airborne military community and bereaved families by delivering long-term support by direct grants to a variety of smaller charities, soldiers and bereaved families. We have supported many initiatives including the QE any Fischer house locally, as well as establishing a mental wellbeing trust managed by ‘Support Our Para’s’ for those soldiers suffering the long-term effects of their service. Our legacy project through the ‘Nowzad’ charity based in Afghanistan was something we were incredibly proud to support through ‘Conrads Clinic’ the best equipped veterinary clinic in Kabul which helped to repatriate soldiers ‘buddy’ dogs as well as support the animals with the embassies and contract staff with world class vet support. The clinic was also able to help train over 150 veterinary interns, so they in turn could improve animal welfare in Afghanistan.

Conrad lived most of his life in Warwick and Claverdon, from a very young age he played his football for Central Ajax and later with Racing Club Warwick. He had trials as a young boy with Aston Villa, swam for Leamington Spa swimming club, was the northern biathlon champion at age 12, he ran for the county, loved MMA, the gym and his time as a part time lifeguard while at college. It’s fair to say he loved and excelled at his sport and so we are delighted and honoured for him to be remembered at today’s Remembrance game. His fathers family were born and raised in Chesterfield and Conrad travelled with them to watch their infamous semi-final against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup of 1997, when they were robbed of what would have been a record breaking achievement, so today is poignant for many reasons, including the fact that Conrad’s father is one of the founders of ‘Silence UK’, today’s match sponsor.

We are sure Conrad would have loved today’s fixture and even better if he’d been wearing a Solihull Moors shirt and playing in it.

Tony Lewis
Founding Partner
Silence UK