Posted 12 March, 2012
Aspen Insurance, already great supporters of the NFA, very kindly organised a Black Tie Ball to raise further funds for us.
On 8th March some 260 guests enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Plaisterers Hall in the City of London. Those attending included many veterans who have taken part in the Association’s activities in recent years and who were delighted to be invited.
The event was a resounding success. Alastair Rae from Bad Lads Army did an outstanding job as MC. The Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment played and undoubtedly enhanced the occasion. Aspen CEO Chris O’Kane opened the speeches and NFA Chairman Brigadier Richard Heywood responded. Bernard Hallas, a 94-year-old veteran who saw active service in the Spanish Civil War in 1935, read a poem he had written. Harris Tatakis, recently medically discharged from the Royal Marines, spoke passionately about what the NFA had done for him since being injured in Afghanistan.
Our thanks go to all those who made the evening a very special one: Vicky Sewell and Barry Plummer from Aspen, Alastair Rae, the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, Esther Rantzen for taking time out of her busy schedule to offer her support and everyone who kindly donated items for the auction and raffle.
While the final total of money raised has not yet been confirmed, we understand it is in the region of £30k. Thank you to everyone who generously contributed – it is sincerely and greatly appreciated.