As a small charity with just seven (mostly part-time) staff, the NFA simply does 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.
Special thanks to Waitrose Godalming for their continued support and in particular for their sponsorship of our new exhibition gazebo.
Thanks to Jamie Goss, Rob Ashton and everyone at Bedford Tigers rugby league club for their ongoing support and donation of £261. Good luck for next season!
Thanks to Mike Fay, who served with The Royal Marines, for raising £300 at his 75th birthday party in Fareham. The event was supported by Marines in 1804 period costume.
The Michelle Jurd Memorial Trust, which raises money for service charities and to promote adventure training and culture in local schools, continues to support The Not Forgotten Association through its fundraising activities. Rosie Thompson is pictured below with some of the guests who attended the Trust’s Black Tie Ball in November.
On Remembrance Sunday John Hearn from HMS Newfoundland Association presented Rosie Thompson with a cheque for £450 from the Princes Risborough Lodge (as pictured).
Thanks to everyone including Roy Pod, Colin Ash, Keith Spanner, Harry and Jo Briggs, Robin Hollamby, Graeme Golightly, Gordon, Jim and Joy Ellard and Terry Grimwood who helped out at the War & Peace Show in Kent 18-22 July.
In 2012 we were fortunate to benefit from a number of sailing events on The Solent. Both the Georges Leygues Challenge in May and the Reginald Fessenden Challenge in July raised funds for the Association – including a very generous contribution of £1,000 from Atlas Electronik, while the Food & Farming Charity Regatta in June managed to raise more than £4,000.
Our volunteer collectors were out and about over Armed Forces Day weekend. In Godalming Terry Grimwood collected a whopping £1,747 whilst in Bromley Ted Roberts collected an impressive £675 (two weeks later Ted collected a further £568 at British Home Stores in Bromley) and Roy King collected £289 at Boscombe Sovereign Centre.
On May 27th one of our great supporters, comedian Carl Schofield, organised an evening of entertainment in Blackpool in aid of the NFA. An appreciative audience at the Layton Institute enjoyed singing, dancing and comedy performed by a host of artistes. A total of nearly £3,000 was raised with a further £1,000 pledged by singer Joe Longthorne. Our thanks go to Carl and Anne-Marie Schofield for putting the event together and everyone else for their generous support. Photos of the event are in the Gallery section of the website
A collection at a very chilly London Victoria Station on 3rd May raised £766. Our thanks to longstanding friends of the NFA Terry Grimwood, Cyril Banks, Alan Kendall and Roy King (who came all the way from Chichester), first-time volunteer Dennis Gimes and Staff Sgt Mark Ward-Wilkinson.
On Easter Monday a hardy group of souls including Barry Plummer and colleagues from Aspen Insurance, new friends of the NFA Robin and Vanessa Hollamby and stalwarts Ted Roberts and Terry Grimwood, braved the wretched Bank Holiday weather to hold a bucket collection before and after the Crystal Palace v Southampton football match. Thanks to the generosity of both sets of supporters the collection raised an impressive £1,177.68. We are very grateful to all those who stood collecting for hours in the pouring rain, to Crystal Palace Football Club for allowing the collection and to Barry for arranging it.
Members of 29 Squadron based at RAF Coningsby, plus friends, will be running the Lincoln 10k in March 2012 in aid of the NFA. Visit their fundraising web at www.justgiving.com/29lincoln10k.
In 2012 Keith Lipscombe will be repeating last summer’s Chelsfield to Brighton cycle run and taking part in two events with half of the money raised coming to the NFA.