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Thank you to the Charities Committee at RAF Air Command High Wycombe, for their wonderful donation. Read the Full Story
Forces Children's Trust wins a "Millie"

Denny Wise is very proud and honoured to be awarded the "Support to the Armed Forces Millie" at the glittering Sun Military Awards ceremony in London.
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The Joggle"Tea and Cake Team"

completed their 6 of their ride from John O'Groates To Lands End and they are feeling the pain!  
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The Soldiers join the FCT.
The Soldiers have created musical history by becoming the first group ever of serving, British soldiers to have two hit Top 5 and Top 10 albums. And now, they have joined the Forces Children's Trust as Patrons.

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onesheetGary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, a thrilling account inspired by the true story of Winston Churchill's first weeks in office during the early days of the Second World War. The film, which arrives in cinemas on 12th January, goes behind the scenes to take a revelatory look at the man behind the icon.

As the threat of invasion of the UK by Hitler's forces looms and 300,000 British soldiers cornered in Dunkirk, Churchill finds his own party plotting against him and King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) skeptical that his new Prime Minister can rise to the challenge. He is confronted with the ultimate choice: negotiate a peace treaty with Nazi Germany and save the British people at a terrible cost or fight on against incredible odds.

Darkest Hour not only shines a light on a crucial period in our country's history - it also takes us inside Churchill's head. With the support of his wife of 31 years, Clemmie (Kristin Scott Thomas), he must weigh up military and personal sacrifices, and discover how to lead under pressure.

This portrait of a flawed man rising to a daunting challenge will hopefully encourage many who see it to go out and shape the future in their own unique ways. As Darkest Hour producer Eric Fellner says, 'If the audience today can engage with an icon of that time as a human being, then his qualities of leadership will be that much more inspiring.'

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This year a total of 58 attended the FCT event, I am sure they all had a great time by the look on their faces! We visited SnowZone and then had a party at a hotel - here are some photos from the event.


A big THANK YOU to the Shaw family who climbed the Penn Y Fann to raise money for FCT awareness and the Nepal trip. The party reported "very chilly" conditions but managed to make the top and return in great spirits.

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The HMRC Registered Charity Hug a Tree UK was formed in order to teach young children how to stay safe in both the rural and urban environments in the event that they become separated from their parent or gaurdian.

The UK Hug a Tree was based on the American model which is well established and forms a vital element of the Search and Rescue (SAR) organisations. It is also well established in Canada where it is under the management of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The philosophy and teaching techniques were developed following the death of a young child, Jimmy Beveridge, who went missing and was found deceased after four days of intensive searching by SAR and other search participants. We were very pleased and proud to have Jimmy's parents as the Patrons of the UK Hug a Tree Programme. Unfortunately despite much effort by the small management team, we have due to a number of reasons, resource and personal, had to cease our activities and bring an end to Hug a Tree here in the UK.

From our fund raising activities we had a sum of unspent funds for which we needed to find a similarly minded charity to whom we could donate these funds to. After much research and comparison we decided that the most appropriate and worthy cause is The Forces Children's Trust. I contacted the CEO, Denny Wise and together with David Ivatt of Hug a Tree we duly met with Denny at Epsom on the 30th September where we had a very useful and interesting exchange of information culminating in David Ivatt passing a cheque, the balance of Hug a Tree funds, to Denny Wise. I headed this article Mixed Feelings, for David Ivatt and myself it was a sad day in that it marked the final chapter of Hug a Tree in the UK but we were equally pleased to have established a relationship with Denny Wise and to know that albeit limited, the cheque will be put to very good use. The photo is of David Ivatt passing the cheque to Denny Wise. We wish all those associated with The Forces Children's Trust well, the work that you are doing is so important.

Os Oliver Former Chairman of Hug a Tree UK.


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