As a small charity with just seven (mostly part-time) staff, we do not have the resources for formal fundraising activity. We are therefore incredibly fortunate and grateful to have a wonderfully loyal band of supporters who recognise the value of our work and generously support us through their fundraising, collections and sponsored events.
Back in August 2014 a group of cycling enthusiasts undertook their now annual ride from the village of Chelsfield in Kent to Brighton. Over many months, through sponsorship, matched funding from individuals’ employers, raffles and other fundraising schemes, this event has now raised the incredible sum of £8,092! Our sincere thanks to everyone who took part or donated, to the organisers, to local supporters Jim and Joy Ellard and to the village pub, The Five Bells, which does so much to support the event.
Shorncliffe Military Wives Choir raised a fantastic £2,711.12 for us from their Showtime Spectacular event in Folkestone last year where they were supported by our great friends the Swingtime Sweethearts. Thanks to Sharon from the Choir for visiting our office to present the cheque.
Lt Col Paul French has donated proceeds from sales of a book on the history of the British Army of the Rhine School 1948-59. The book has a Foreword by NFA President General the Lord Dannatt. Donations so far total £1,892.24.
Journalist Bill Todd is donating proceeds from the sale of his father’s WWII diary ‘Gunner’ to the NFA. The diary is available as an ebook for just £0.99.
NFA Friend Terry Grimwood and Cadet Paul Ellis raised £429 on their stand in Godalming. They are pictured with the Mayor of Waverly, Cllr Liz Wheatley.
Santander have donated £3,100 to match the money raised by Martin Richardson through the ‘Jazz on the Lawn’ event in Weston-super-Mare earlier this year.
Linda Marshall from Grantham has so far raised £100 through a collection in her church hall.
All five members of the Ash Family took part in a sponsored swim raising more than £3,000.
We were delighted to welcome the Jive Aces at our office as they presented a cheque for £5,000 from the sale of concert tickets and their charity single.
Staff from Lark Insurance undertook the challenge of walking from their Croydon office to their Barking office via central London and raised nearly £2,000.
The Mess at 42 Commando presented us with a cheque for £1,500.
Emma Stevens from Aspen Insurance and Lee Downs from Lark Insurance each jumped out of a plane in August, raising £1,650 and £660 respectively.
The Reginald Fessenden Challenge sailing day, organised once again by Captain Tim Davies, this year raised a fantastic £15,000.
Shirley McLean presented us with a cheque for £3,012 from the various activities which she (with help from family and friends) had undertaken over the previous year.
In May Jill Smaller and students from the Grimsby Institute raised £1,220 from a sponsored massage at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines Lympstone, whilst Marie Genney ran the Edinburgh Marathon raising £550.
Our volunteer collectors come out in force several times a year to help at London railway station collections. This year they raised £6,140 in April and £4,397 in September at Victoria Station.