Thank you to the Charities Committee at RAF Air Command High Wycombe, for their wonderful donation.

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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.



The Forces Children's Trust have recently completed another successful adventure holiday to the Lake District. Watch the film made about the holiday at the Forces Network web site.

The lovely ladies of Epsom Allsorts Ladies Running Club presenting a cheque for £500.00 to Denny Wise (Founder of the FCT).

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In the first two weeks of April 2017, a group of 16 young people travelled to Nepal. The goals of the trip were to help in a school affected by the 2015 earthquake, to go trekiing and to experience a multi-day white water rafting trip. With much of the day to day running of the trip being the responsibility of the group, not only was it a great experience but also an opportunity to learn new team and leadership skills.

These are a selection of images and comments from the group.


Going to Nepal for two weeks has taught me to take nothing for granted, and appreciate what you have got while you've still got it.


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I loved meeting the local children, playing with them and making them smile!



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Amazing and completely unforgettable.



Travelling to Nepal offered me so much perspective on how lucky we are in the UK.



At times it was challenging but I feel like I overcame so many fears.



My highlight of the whole trip has got to be the opportunity to spend quality time with some of my closest friends.


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A little while ago my tutor asked if we had any suggestions for a house charity, I put forward FCT as a suggestion. A couple of weeks ago I was told that it had been chosen as our house charity! As it was my suggestion we (my tutor group) decided that we would do the first fundraiser today. As a lot of people do bake sales at school we decided that we wanted to have a lucky dip (all the prizes were sweets) and also sell chocolate. And it was a massive success! We sold out of chocolate in the first half an hour and by the end of lunchtime our lucky dip was also sold out. Although it took a while two boys from my tutor (Harry and Reuben who helped with everything!) counted up all of the money and found out that we managed to raise £44.40 (double the price that we spent on sweets and chocolate)!
I have attached a few pictures of the stall as I thought you might want to see some of it

Katie Bradshaw.


Big Game Hunters has a history of working with the Force’s Children’s Trust. We have previously given away one of their trampolines four years ago and they are very impressed with the charity and the spirit of the work it does.

Big Game Hunters is a family run company that offer trampolines and games. It is one of their key values that playing outdoors is the best for kids because it encourages them to get some exercise that they couldn’t while sitting indoors! They have donated an 8ft Skyhigh Trampoline and Enclosure to two FCT children.

Skyhigh is a brand owned by Big Game Hunters and they have a large range of trampolines in round, rectangular and oval available in a variety of different sizes. You can take a look here.

An article on the Forces Children's Trust in the RAF Widows’ Association magazine Contact 


A few of the FCT children who attended the Christmas Party braved the elements on the Sunday morning to receive presents from the Pipe Hitters.

All of the Pipe Hitters are Ex Forces and have served together, the club has been formed for a couple of years and are constantly doing charity fund raising money for forces charities.

Anthony and two others are based in Middlesex, Berkshire and Surrey, the others riders made their way from  Essex on brisk and cold Sunday morning.  The presents the riders gave to the children, were donated by friends and work colleagues.

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Denny Wise founded the Forces Childrens Trust twelve years ago and is currently preparing some of the children to travel to Nepal next year to help out children there. Richard Wyeth has been speaking to Denny to find out more about the charity…


The Civilian Services Contingent (CSC) parades every year to form part of the hollow rectangle around the Cenotaph; they form up on the Richmond Terrace side of Whitehall alongside the Army group, opposite the RAF.

The CSC comprises of 186 uniformed volunteers from the Police, Fire & Prison Services along with members of the St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and Ambulance Associations.

The Command of the CSC falls on a rotational basis to either the CFOA (Chief Fire Officers Association) or NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) who nominate an officer of Chief Fire Officer Grade or Chief Constable. Either of these rank holders have credence & credibility with the rank and file members on parade having served in an operational environment. This year the command role is assumed by Chief Fire Officer David Etheridge OBE of Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service.


The CSC is split into two detachments of 90 each, each detachment being led by representatives of either the Fire & Rescue Service or the Police, holding either Deputy or Assistant Chief Fire Officer or Chief Superintendent or Superintendent rank.

Prior to taking their place on Whitehall the CSC gathered on the Saturday evening prior to Remembrance Sunday received a full briefing as to what is expected of them, this was the first time that they had come together, assembling as they have from all over the UK of GB and this year the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.

After the briefing a presentation was made to Denny Wise Founder of the Forces Children's Trust. A £300.00 cheque from the photographer Peter Anderson plus collections and sales making a grand total of £1077.84 this amount was presented by Stewart Leach MBE, a retired member of the Royal Military Police and former member of the Prison Service who managed the CSC event along with his colleagues from DCMS MoD and the RBL. This ensures that the diverse and complicated parade is drawn together each year reflecting the solemnity of the event.


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Thank you Keith and the boys for supporting us on their golf day again this year, you are all looking dapper!!! What will you surprise us with next year?


Yet another year on and we have just had the 2016 Typhoon national Support Centre Golf Open on the 22nd June 2016 at South Kyme Golf Club. The photo is of the 1970’s dress that some of us participated in. 50 golfers took part and we raised £690 for your wonderful charity.


RowersA team of British women on a charity row on behalf of the FCT have been rescued after becoming stranded in the mid-Atlantic Ocean for more than 16 hours when their rowing boat capsized, robbing them of their oars. The crew sent a distress signal at 9.08am on Saturday, when they were 400 nautical miles from Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said. 

Gemma Chalk, Clare Lanyon, Jane McIntosh and Olivia Wilson were forced to abandon their attempt to break the women's speed record for rowing nearly 3,000 miles across the Atlantic between Gran Canaria and Barbados.

The Forces Children’s Trust would like to thank the ladies for their strength, determination and amazing bravery!

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The ladies have been picked up safely, click on the link for the full story!

Pupils and staff at Rydal Penrhos took part in a fancy dress cross country to raise funds for the Forces Children's Trust.

The annual event was held at the school on Monday, December 14, and this year brought with it an added twist.


Support Forces Children's Trust whilst shopping online with Savoo's great online discount codes and deals from Debenhams, M&S, Argos and more!

Savoo Search, Lifestyle Pharmacy save and Raise is a search engine and voucher code site that donates money to Forces Children's Trust every time you use it. Simply sign up, select ‘Forces Childrens Trust' as your preferred cause and start shopping. You can also use their search engine which donates 1p for every search you make. Sign up here and start to Search, Save and Raise!

A poignant reminder from Channel 4 news as to why the Forces Children's Trust exists.



Tadley Rugby Club's annual memorial match for Chris.


Katie and I baked cakes and sold them for donations, along with the FCT wrist bands and we raised £260.00.

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The Basic PTI Course at RAF Cosford completed the 874 miles on arduous mountain bike trails at Cannock Chase on Sunday 27th September in order to raise money for the Forces Children’s Trust. The team worked in 2 groups simulating a relay, whereby a loop of 7.5 miles was utilised in order to rack up the miles equivalent to the distance of John O’Groats to Lands End.





Join this organised London to Paris Bike Ride in July 2016 combined with watching the exciting finale of Tour De France is the best cycling experience in Europe. 

Cycling from London to Paris is by far one of the best fundraising events in Europe, and the best of bike rides for charity. Join our London to Paris Bike Ride for a truly inspirational experience, and a great way to raise funds for the Forces Children's Trust on the way.

Starting in London, our 299 mile, 4 day route takes us through glorious English countryside, to the ferry from Dover to Calais. Once ‘French side’, we push on cycling along quiet French country lanes, through traditional market towns with views of the rolling green hills of northern France. Get ready for a fantastic charity bike ride – the tarmac in France is superb, and cycling is the nation’s favourite sport so don’t be surprised when the locals make way for you and cheer you on!

Whether you are a regular cyclist or simply enjoy a Sunday afternoon meander, as long as you are willing to train, then this charity cycle event is perfect for you. We cater for all levels of ability on this ride. The special cycling experience, combined with a fantastic support crew to look after you, means this charity challenge is no longer a dream but a reality. Don’t worry about your luggage, water or food – we take care of it all – leaving you to just cycle and focus on your goal of reaching Paris.

The pièce de résistance of this cycle for charity will be the spectacular view of the 324 metre Eiffel Tower, which marks our finish line. The days in the saddle are long, but upon reaching Paris and celebrating our achievements in this fabulous capital, the saddle soreness soon wears off!

Register here.

rowersGemma Chalk, Clare Lanyon, Jane McIntosh & Olivia Wilson are rowing the Atlantic in January 2016.

In January 2016, four women will attempt to row The Atlantic Ocean unaided and break the World Record for an all-female crew. They will depart from Gran Canaria and journey across 2,994 miles of open water to the final destination in Barbados, challenging the current record by attempting to arrive less than 45 days later.

These four women were brought together by a shared dream of conquering the Atlantic by rowing boat, ready to face the most challenging and thrilling adventure of their lives. They will be using the opportunity to raise money for Barnardos and the Forces Children’s Trust, and have chosen specific projects where their funds can be used to enrich the lives of children less fortunate, helping to provide them with a better future.

Olivia Wilson, an Army Officer and one of the crew members shares her driving force behind the race, “Although we all have very personal reasons for taking on such a huge challenge, it is my desire to push myself to my mental and physical limits. I am passionate about fundraising for charity, so the prospect of helping young children is a significant motivation of mine. Having served in Afghanistan and witnessed the end of Operations, I think it’s important that we do not forget the children of those who made the ultimate sacrifice”.

Olivia, who currently serves at 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, is joined by three other team members; Gemma Chalk, the co-founder of ‘Oceanus Rowing’; Clare Lanyon, a mother of two from Cornwall and Jane McIntosh, an RAF Sergeant who has attempted The Atlantic row once before. All these women share a strong connection with the sport and connected via the Oceanus rowing website. Their rowing boat will be only 8.5 metres in length, fighting against 10 metre waves, and threatened by the possibility of storms and gales. Conditions at sea will be ferocious; the four women expect to survive on minimum sleep, and sweltering heat, and to have to deal with chafing and sores from the boat, with marine life as their sole company!

rowing boatThey will be completely self-sufficient, living on only freeze-dried food, with no bathroom facilities and sleeping in a cabin smaller than a single bed. Preparation is key to their success, and focused physical training is a commitment which they all have to fit in around their demanding work schedules, each expecting to have to train 6 days per week, and 2 hours a day of running, cycling, swimming and rowing.

Additionally, they are currently organising a variety of fundraising events in order to raise awareness for their chosen charities. The expedition is costing the crew over £60,000, of which they are funding out of their own savings, and where possible, the support of corporate sponsors. These four ordinary women are resolved to take on an extraordinary challenge, for what will undoubtedly be a modern maritime adventure and the experience of their lifetimes.


You can read about the CHALLENGE and the CREW here, the BOAT TRACKING will be below when they start; along with a DAILY STATS page. 

Follow their journey via the "Oceanus Rowing" Facebook page and on Twitter @OceanusRowing.

Click here to see all the PHOTOS & BLOGS of their adventure and read the latest here!

A huge thanks to the Northern Aviators who raised £1200 for the Forces Children's Trust. It looks like they had a LOT of fun doing it!


Thank you to Denny, the FCT and the lovely people who raise money to help people like us my boys are having the most wonderful break away from reality - it's lovely to see them smile again.


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Our annual Tea Party was held this year on Sat 20th June. This event is so popular now so popular despite the weather £906.23 was raised during the afternoon. It is a fantastic way to spend time time with friends, neighbours and anyone else who wishes to join us and above all raise funds for a wonderful charity. A huge thank you to all who contributed and the 4 ladies who worked so tirelessly throughout the afternoon in the kitchen keeping everyone supplied with tea/coffee/soft drinks and plenty of homemade cakes. on leaving at the end of the afternoon people will always ask ‘what date is the next one’!!!

Keith and Pat Whitehead via Facebook.

Elizabeth Williams, aged 14 and two school friends Molly and Eva recently set off from school (Lord Wandsworth College) to cycle to Salcombe (approx. 200 miles).

The girls are cycled approximately 50 miles a day and arrived in Salcombe on Wednesday 5th August.

Elizabeth is raising funds for the Forces Children's Trust, and you can contribute here:

Thank you for your support!

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RAF Benson, with Monty and Sir Winston, supporting the Forces Children's Trust. Sincere gratitude must also go to Jayne and Mich for your help today.

An educational fun day with the "Red Arrows" at their headquarters, RAF Scampton, 8th July 2015

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Thank you National Holidays for the kind gift of two tickets to this year's Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Two very lucky Forces Children's Trust volunteers will be visiting the Tattoo thanks to their generousity. If you'd like to see this amazing spectacle, click here.

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TrekFest is billed as one of the most inclusive charity treks in the UK, with three different challenge routes to choose from in 2015. The challenges take place in two stunning UK locations, The Brecon Beacons and The Peak District.


To enter one of these events and raise money for the FCT, just choose your challenge!


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Mark Squires & Dave Scouller climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise funds for the Forces Children's Trust. Well done lads!

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Tireless fund raiser Sally Scarbrough has just completed organising an event to benefit the Forces Childrens Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Bolton Ear4Kidz. "Let's get Quizzicle" not only taxed the brain cells, it also raised £3,610.07! 

Thank you Sally!

Operation Halo is a new book by Richard Joyce which is raising funds for the Forces Children's Trust.

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When Johnny Vince’s counter-terror mission goes wrong, he fights for survival in the desert heat, but his real problems have only just begun...In the blistering heat of Afghanistan, Johnny Vince battles to survive after a mission to eradicate a new breed of terrorists, L-khaba-a, has gone wrong. Fleeing from the scene of a disaster, he becomes separated from his squad, not knowing if any have survived. He has to use all his strength and Special Forces training just to stay alive and evade the fury of terrorists and crazed factions. Emotions, morals and his survival skills are tested as the hunters close in. But it’s only when he makes it to safety that he realises just how badly he has been betrayed. A line has been crossed; good men have fallen and the enemy must be punished.


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Long Eaton RFC raised over £1,000 for the Forces Children's Trust during the recent opening of their new facilities. This is how the day went...


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This year's Christmas event featured a visit to the hit theatre show, "Matilda" and then a party with excellent entertainment, plus a visit from Santa!

Sincere gratitude, to Gilbert O’Sullivan, Bobby Davro, & Lee Thompson of Madness.

Poppy with her "Forces Children's Trust Star of the Year Award."

Thank you Poppy for all your hard work for the FCT you are growing into a wonderful young lady! 

Keep up the good work. D X


Laurence1On 25th October I ran the Snowdonia Marathon in aid of the Forces Children’s Trust. After following a long training routine over the summer the day finally arrived and I was really looking forward to the run.  The Snowdonia Marathon has the reputation of being one of Britain’s most scenic but also toughest marathons.


Please support Mark Squires, as he attempts to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of the Forces Children's Trust.


"I will be trekking/climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015 with a friend of mine, Dave and when we were looking for a challenge, having taken part in numerous fun runs and insane events we wanted something that would really push us to the limit and I think we have found just that in climbing the highest stand alone mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro which stands at 5895 Metres. The trek/climb will present many challenges such as altitude sickness, walking up to 17 hours a day and sleeping in subzero temperatures and of course the biggest challenge will be sharing a tent night after night."

Sounds pretty tough! Find out more on his fundraising page here.

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But on the bright side, you can visit the Forces Children's Trust store for lots of present ideas like these new Hoodies!

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Look in the Forces Children's Trust store for lots of present ideas like these new Hoodies!

Visit the store

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Poppy & DadMy dad was in the Special Forces RAF and was killed in action on Sunday 30th of January 2005. He was a wonderful dad and husband; Mum and I would describe him as a joker with an effervescent personality. His passions in life were his family, his job, music and golf- even I was roped into golf tournaments as a young girl, but that meant quality time with Dad! 

The Forces Children's Trust has been there for Mum and I from the very beginning and offers children up and down the country experiences we wouldn't otherwise be able to seize. As well as helping us to create life long memories and friends, Denny (founder of the FCT) recognises how hard it can be to deal with the devastating aftermath of losing a parent and does his very best to put that smile back on our faces.

I will be running with my cousin Emily, my Auntie Nick, Auntie Nell and Uncle Robin. We are all putting in a great amount of practise to achieve a good time on the day! I am so grateful that my family and friends are supporting me and the charity; I can't wait to push ourselves to the limit, for such an amazing cause! I love you all. Thank you

Also, a big thank you to my FCT friends, the patrons and the one and only Denny Wise! 


Support Poppy here! Thank you



Laurence Clark Please support Laurence Clark, who is running the Snowdonia Marathon on 25th October 14 for Forces Children's Trust. You can read more about why Laurence has chosen the FCT and donate at his JustGiving page.


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All the big names are there so if you shop on-line do consider registering and your purchases will help us deliver more smiles. This short video explains how it works:


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On Friday 29th of August, RAF Benson was scattered with purple as 25 FCT children and our mums arrived at the military base ready to take to the skies.

To start the day off, us children were divided into two groups; it was the turn of the eldest ones first. We were introduced to the pilots (Peter, Chas, Bob and Peter H) as well as the four ‘Cessna 172’ aircrafts, which are four seater planes from the United States.


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“Georgina Chapman, one of the FCT children, accepts a cheque from Jon Boydon on behalf of the Trust."
The cheque was presented after we had all thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic West End Musical, “Jersey Boys.”  Jon plays the part of “Tommy DeVito” what an excellent peformance by Jon and the cast of the show.  A great time was had by all!

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“Georgina Chapman, one of the FCT children, accepts a cheque from Jon Boydon on behalf of the Trust."
The cheque was presented after we had all thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic West End Musical, “Jersey Boys.”  Jon plays the part of “Tommy DeVito” what an excellent peformance by Jon and the cast of the show.  A great time was had by all!

Gill wrote:

"Fantastic day with the Forces Children's Trust Family ?? Bouncy fun, a little bit of pool Charlie style  BBQ, taking to the skies ???? .... But best of all CANDYFLOSS maker  Little bit closer to Daddy ?? Thankyou so much Denny Wise and The FCT ??Forces Children's Trust

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To donate, visit:

 charity golf FCT

In the last 3 years my wife and I are proud to have raised over £6,000 for worthwhile causes and I am looking to continue with a target of £2,500 for this year’s event.

Join us for a round of golf, followed by meal and presentation. This will also include an Auction & Raffle with all proceeds to: St.Margaret’s Hospice & Forces Children’s Trust 

St. Margaret’s Somerset Hospice. Registered Charity No. 279473
Forces Children’s Trust. Registered Charity No. 1104212

We hope you will come to join us, have fun & enjoy your day, helping to raise money and make a difference for the named Charities. If you are a golfer, I would love you to come and play a fantastic course with excellent facilities. If you can’t get a team together, but would like to play, drop me a line and I will put you into a team! Wouldn’t want you to miss out. If you aren’t a golfer, I am always looking for sponsors for holes and/or prizes! Those of you who have very kindly donated over the past 3 years, I thank you again for your continued support, genuinely appreciated.

To enter your team, please complete the entry form via the link below, together with your payment of £150.00 payable to: ‘Shaun Briddon Golf Day’. (Pickeridge members, please contact for price). Please send this to: Atom Insurance Brokers Ltd Blackdown House Blackbrook Park Ave Taunton Somerset TA1 2PX.  

If you’re unable to make the event but would like to donate a prize or Sponsor a Hole available for £40 each, please contact me. 

Thanks again for your time. It is really appreciated and I look forward to hearing from you.

Shaun Briddon

Tel:        01823 442214
Mob:      07885 975756

Download your entry form here!


poppyOne year has passed and myself, Poppy Gibson, and 20 other FCT children are back off to the Lake District for more fun, teamwork and adventure- we just can't stay away! 

I have been on the FCT Outward Bound week nearly twice now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it both times; not only have I had endless amounts of fun with my friends, I've also gained confidence and independence along the way. The instructors are brilliant for accommodating all of our needs as well as engaging with us on a professional and more personal level, which really helps us to bond as a group.


RAF ValleyWHEN ex-RAF Valley Master Aircrewman Antz Males lost his life in tragic circumstances in 2012, the Forces Children’s Trust was a great help to his widow Bridget and two young children Jack and Macey. The Trust provides for a range of activities to support children of bereaved service personnel, from Outward Bound expeditions to counselling and emotional support.

Friends and colleagues at the Valley-based Search & Rescue Training Unit (SARTU) - which trains helicopter crews from all three armed services in vital search and rescue techniques - rallied round to organise a charity boxing night at the Anglesey base to raise money for the trust. Master Aircrewman Simon Allen explains:


Following the FootstepsIn an exciting bid to raise funds for the Forces Children’s Trust, David Hanmore of The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group will be embarking on a very personal sponsored Great War walk.

The walk will see David follow the family footsteps of his Grandfather Private S/9134 Stanley Hanmore and his Great Uncle Lance Corporal L/7403 Frederick Hanmore who both served in France and Belgium with The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment during the Great War.



Local Epsom Lad, Harry Pepper, raised £635.00 for the FCT. 

Harry is awaiting selection for the Parachute Regiment and is a keen boxer. 
Thank you Harry for all your hard work!

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Well done!

Jayne Allder completed the Chester Half Marathon in 2.59.29 thank you Jane for your continued support.



The event went well after nearly missing it due to being on wrong side of platform to get the train haha . I don't think I have ever been so cold in my life, I was only sore for a day then I was all good, it felt like a very long 12 miles anyway!!  


The course was very hilly and muddy with many obstacles such as jumping into a skip of ice to more stuff was done like going over walls and monkey bars.  The skip of ice was one of the worst followed by the electric shock obstacle which felt like you were getting punched, to then be disappointed at the finish line with a ginger ale instead of a beer haha.  Overall, it was a good day and a laugh.


 If you are clearing out your old clothes, why not donate them to the Forces Children's Trust and help to raise funds for the children of the FCT. Just click on the link:


This year Andy Chatts, Mo Molavi, Greg Palmer and Chris Kidwell will paddle the length of NI in Open Canadian Canoes. The total distance is approx 125km, across Grade 2-3 moving water and the largest freshwater lake in Europe. Canoe NI recommend eight days for this journey, but they’re going to try and do it in two!


Why? Well, to raise funds and awareness for the Forces Children’s Trust (FCT) who provide support specifically for children who have had a parent killed whilst serving in the military. The FCT offers support by providing funding for specialist care needs, assisting widowed parents and organising activities, trips and events for the children.

So please dig deep and show some support by making a donation to the Forces Children’s Trust, either through the collection tin or by going to:

Many Thanks and Wish us Luck!!!




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The FCT children commented;  "This was the best one ever"!

Some of the FCT familes arrived on Friday evening and after having a wonderful meal, retired to bed ready for their exciting trip on the Saturday.

Saturday morning the remaining families arrived and checked into the hotel. We boarded the coaches and had a guided tour of some of the sights of London whilst on our way to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. 

The show "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was superb and the children and parents had a meet and greet with the cast afterwards, this was organised by Nick Skilbeck (Musical Supervisor) who is related to the wife of Denny Wise.

The excitement was not over yet as the theatre trip was followed by our Christmas Party, where some very excited children received presents from Santa Claus and our special guest Hannah Barrett from the X Factor!

On Sunday morning the Santa bikers arrived, with more presents for all the children.

Sincere gratitude goes to Hannah Barrett, Edward Thomas & Sons, Mathew & bikers, the Novotel (London West) and all the FCT helpers.

Looking forward to another exciting Theatre Trip & Christmas Party and other events in 2014, our 10th Anniversary Year!


It's now even easier to get great stocking fillers and gifts from the Forces Children's Trust. We've completely re-designed our web store and it's now quicker and easier than ever. 

Come check it out, and buy some great gifts for your loved ones this Christmas!



Rachel Teggarty, Hayley Homer, Karen Smeathers, Michelle Pyle and Bethany Hatch. Team name "Twickers Ladies".

All but one of our team are Forces wives with young families - our husbands are based at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall in Twickenham. All of the husbands have or will spend time serving on Operations, therefore they all feel the trust touches their hearts. We completed the Great South Run in Portsmouth, a 10 mile course!

The weather conditions were quite cold with very strong winds. On one hand the winds worked to our advantage, however running into the wind on the final 2 miles made the run extremely tough. There were thousands of runners, and our team managed to complete the run in under 2 hours, this was an amazing achievement for all ladies as we are all novices. Twickers Ladies have managed to raise a wonderful £1,808.21 (Just Giving website is owned by Michelle Pyle total currently is £1,758.21 - with a cheque for £50 to be added).

The monies raised have been from donations from family & friends, a very successful cake sale, and a Race Night and raffle held at Kneller Hall. The ladies are extremely grateful for all the generous donations and are overwhelmed with the money they have raised for the Forces Children's Trust. The Twickers Ladies felt running the Great South Run for the Forces Children's Trust was a true honour - "the race day was tough but the achievement was emence, and we are over the moon with our fund raising total". We would like to thank all our families for their devoted support.

Tadley Tigers RFC held their annual memorial match for Chris Bradshaw on Sunday 17th November. His daughter Katie who can be seen here in the photograph and her mother Liz baked and decorated 132 cakes and sold them towards donations to the FCT, thank you so much Katie and Liz. I am Iooking forward to seeing you both on the 30th November, for the annual Theatre Trip and Xmas Party, this year it is “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” yippee!!!!

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Nomination by Bilfinger Industrial Services: In recognition of being awarded winner of the one of the Large Contractor Workgroups of the Year 2012 Award, Bilfinger chose the Forces Children’s Trust. Some of the company managers are ex-forces. Also Billy McVicar’s old friends/comrades served in the forces and John Ferrand’s son also served in the Royal Engineers, so many personal ties to the nomination of this charity.

Steve Start charity representative explained the charity was set up by Denny Wise to close a gap in the support facility for those children who are either deeply affected by their loss of parents during their tour of duties or whose parent has sustained life-threatening injuries whilst serving. The Trust covers all service disciplines in the UK (RAF, Army & Navy). Forms of support vary from organising counselling sessions, outings & trips to Disneyland Florida. They were extremely grateful for this donation that will help towards funding the FCT Outward Bound courses, educational trips, the provision of laptop computers for those with educational difficulties such as dyslexia, holidays and trips to the theatre plus the annual Christmas Party.


Front Row L-R: Val & Alan Crosby (Grimsby Baby Care), Lynn Hawthorne (HSE Manager), Steve Start (Forces Children’s Trust), John Ferrand (Bilfinger Industrial Services) & Geoff Gladding (Construction Coordinator).

Service personnel should ensure that the State Schools, Free Schools and Academies in England that their children attend are informed of their Service status before the annual school census which is due to take place on the 16th January 2014.

More details in this PDF from the Ministry of Defence.

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Denny Wise, founder of the Forces Children's Trust, organised an FCT Outward - Bound trip in August in the Lake District. He took around 30 children up to Ullswater, for a fun-filled, action packed week of activities! Each one of these children have lost a parent in the forces, including myself, Georgina Chapman aged 15.

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Please let us know if you would like to run the Brighton Marathon for the Forces Children's Trust we are able to get a few more places, however they must be booked before 1st December 2013.

Contact: if you are interested!

merlin1000Merlin 1000; 14 cyclists, 14 Cube Bikes, 2 support crew and a detailed route covering four countries, over a distance of 1000 miles. Why would we do this as everyone said that punctures and saddle-sore would haunt us! The challenge and team building we thought were good reasons but also to raise awareness for charities that are close to our hearts; The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The RAF Benevolent Fund and the Forces Childrens Trust.

The route was nothing short of daunting starting from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire and ending up in the centre of Milan. Day one was a gentle 76 miles to catch the night ferry in Portsmouth and then the journey began through France (St Malo, Chateaubriant – A Brit finally wins Wimbledon), and then onto Tours.



Photo left to right, Alan Mooney, Michelle Swallow, William Quinn and Mary Cassidy. Alan & William have just completed an arduous cycle ride from Edinburgh Castle to the Tower of London, helping to raise further funds to add to this wonderful donation from Land Rover.


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Frome Golf Club are as active raising money as they are playing the ancient game. Each year they choose a new charity to support and the Forces Children’s Trust were this years pick.

They raised a magnificent £5690.27 with the help of a diverse range of events including a Chicken Run, Turkey Trot, Target golf, raffles and the main event, the Captain’s Charity Day.

Thanks to all members of Frome Golf Club for their tireless work.

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Cpl. Leon Simons, Cpl. Cpl. Seb Belton and Sgt. Gaz Longley all of the RAF Regiment have just completed the St Begas Ultra marathon to raise money and awareness for the FCT.

The St Begas Ultra was a 35mile multi terrain marathon, climbing 5800ft in the Western Lake District. Just to make it a bit more of a challenge they all decided to do the ultra caring 30lbs on our back. They completed the challenge and raised over £350 for the Forces Children’s Trust.

These guys are currently serving at RAF Honington at the Force Protection Training Team and have all done 2-3 tours each of Afghanistan, Cpl Leon Simons has also done 3 tours of Iraq and this is his third event in raising funds for the FCT. Thank you Leon, Seb and Gaz, please continue with your support.


The Tough Mudder Gang did it for The Forces Children's Trust on Saturday, and did us Proud!

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Hi, Denny, We've just arrived home and begun the unpacking and I wanted to take the time to say a huge THANK YOU to both you and the FCT Trustees for a fabulous week away. 

We have been able to make wonderful family memories on this trip and we spent precious time together.  I am sure the girls will remember this week for a long time to come.  The villa and the complex was gorgeous and the staff couldn't have been friendlier, nothing was too much trouble. We managed to fit in  an excursion to Gibralter, thanks to the office staff. ........... Coming home and seeing the news, I realise now how lucky we were to be able to visit this magical place. 

The girls were fascinated with the history and the caves; not to mention amazed by the monkeys. I've attached a few photos for you to see how much fun we had.  The girls have never stayed in an apartment before and made the most of it, visiting the pool every day! Safe travels, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Jill, Heather and Kirsty


Prince Charles has launched the 2013 Millie Awards with an impassioned speech calling on the public to recognise the remarkable efforts made by individuals in the Armed Forces.


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We have just run our first programme with the Outward Bound Trust, and it was a great sucess. Below we include photos from the event and coverage from the ITV and BBC news.


We look forward to returning next year!


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!  

You can still donate via their Virgin Money Giving Page! To date they have raised an amazing £9758.67 their target is £10,000.00 so please dig deep!


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Four FCT families enjoy a weeks holiday in Spain courtesy of Forces Children's Trust and Denny Wise.


fct charity fun day collageOn the 06 July 2013 Scott Green and his sister Suzanne Brannan organised a "Forces Children's Trust Charity Fun Day". The event took place in Rawtenstall in Lancashire and the theme was based loosely on a village fete with local traders selling their products. Highlights included performances from local children's dance groups and guest appearance from the BBC's "The Voice" semi-finalist Lareena Mitchell. Also helping raise funds on the day was "Captain Jack Sparrow" and the crew from "Disney Cars". Thank you to all the local residents who helped raise £1,575.00 for the Forces Children's Trust.



Mountain Warehouse Offers £5,000 Prize in Charity Competition
·         The Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge competition will donate £5000 to the winner’s charity
·         The competition is open to fundraisers taking on an outdoor challenge in 2013
·         All stories will be displayed on the website and open for public voting

National outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse is offering fundraisers the chance to win £5,000 for their chosen charity in their new Charity Challenge competition.
The competition, which launched last week, is open to anyone completing an Outdoor Challenge for charity in 2013.  Fundraisers taking part in sponsored walks, runs, cycles or expeditions are encouraged to enter.
Entrants will be required to share their story which will be displayed online at for the public to vote for the winner.
Mark Neale, founder of Mountain Warehouse, said:
“We are inundated with sponsorship requests and stories about people attempting these fantastic expeditions and challenges to raise money for charity. We wanted the opportunity to share their stories, get the public involved and give something back to these very worthwhile causes.”
As well as offering a £5000 donation to charity, Mountain Warehouse is giving all entrants 20% off their next purchase at Mountain Warehouse, to help them prepare for their challenge.
The outdoor brand is keen to engage the fundraising community and hoping to encourage sharing of each entrant’s bid to win on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Mountain Warehouse has also joined forces with the online fundraising platform Just Giving to promote the Charity Challenge to their vast army of fundraisers.
The contest will give entrants till the 19th of August to submit their story. Voting on individuals’ stories will be open until 31st August 2013. The top 10 entries based on the public vote will then be featured as a shortlist on the competition page for further voting.
The competition is now open and all 158 Mountain Warehouse stores nationwide will be supporting the appeal with promotional flyers and QR codes.

Christopher Draper is an artist, Illustrator and a member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. For this years Annual exhibition he will be showing his recent painting titled "repatriation". 

The painting is for sale and after consulting with many of his friends who are currently serving in the armed forces would like to donate £200 of the sale price to the Forces Childrens Trust. 

The Guild of Aviation artist annual exhibition is held at the Mall Galleries London, from Monday 22nd July to Sunday 28th July.  More details can be found at


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The total raised for their Armed Forces Day Event is in excess of £2,000.00 to date!
Thank you so much for continuing your loyal support.

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Colyton Grammar School raise £2,937.37 for the Forces Children's Trust,

a fantastic achievement by the Pupils & Staff!

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Please go and support Tracy and other volunteers who have helped organise this Wonderful Fund-Raising Event for the FCT.

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IMG 8435The Forces Children's Trust recenty helped dyslexic Joshua get a laptop to help with his studies.

Joshua wrote to the Trust to say:

“Thank you very much for this lovely lap top. I really like it. Can't wait to start doing my school work on it and mathletics."

DSC0JJ7361The recent Legoland Windsor trip was a great success. This is how Josh got on...

"When we arrived in our hotel room Josh spotted the box of lego straight away and was in there playing, then we found the daily Lego challenge for guests.

Each month has a different theme and for June it was to build a horse no bigger than 20cm, Josh always up for a challenge started building. All the entries were displayed in reception with the child’s name age and room number until the evening. After the show at about 8.30pm they announced the winner, and it was Josh.

His little face lit up with both surprise and pride bless him. He collected his prize of a Lego gift and a Certificate that now has pride of place in his bedroom. Its so lovely for the kids to get these opportunities to go special places and mix with each other so thank you for organising such a great trip."

On the 22/23 June 2013, a party of 28 consisting of 17 children and 11 widows went to Legoland Windsor accompanied by the Forces Children's Trust founder Denny Wise, a fantastic time was had by all!


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