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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!!  

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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.

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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.

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 www.gava.org.uk.

 

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"INVERCLYDE NAVY CLUB GREENOCK DO IT AGAIN"

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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Fund Raising Friends the local group of enthusiastic ladies who organise events to raise money for local children’s charities were delighted to handover a cheque for £4,500 to The Forces Children’s Trust founder Denny Wise this week.

This followed a very successful concert organised with the help of the pupils and their Director of Music Malcom Singer at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music on May 11th.

It was an exceptionally good evening which showcased the incredible and varied talents of these young people from all over the world. The Forces Children’s Trust founded by Denny Wise in Epsom following the Iraq conflict supports children whose parent has died or sustained life threatening injuries whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.

296115 10151756256312650 1455672999 nWendy Evans whose children are members of the Forces Children’s Trust, took part in 3 back to back classes of RPM at Everyone Active Fareham Leisure Centre, on Sunday 9th June.

Wendy started this grueling task at 9am and finished at 1130am.  She had a bucket for donations on the day and Wendy’s Family and friends raised further funds by sponsoring Wendy via her BT MyDonate page.

Wendy said “It allowed me to do something that I really enjoy doing whilst raising money for the Forces Children’s Trust and it was also poignant as the 10th June was the first anniversary of Darren’s death”.

This year’s SSDT charities had a great help raising money thanks to Oset bikes and Trials UK. A one off special edition "Scottish" electric bike was offered as an incentive for people to donate to two very worthwhile causes. The "Forces Children’s Trust" and "Bike Tours for the Wounded" both of whom support families whom have suffered life changing injuries due to conflict.
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Pictured is Sandy Mack, Rhoda Rathmell & Darren Clover of Bike Tours for the Wounded.

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During their 30 week attendance at RAFC Cranwell, Initial Officer Training Course 30 raised a total of £1539 in support of Forces Childrens’ Trust Charity. A total of 27 cadets formed D Squadron and were sponsored for community work at a local school on their ‘Just Giving’ donation page.

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Dixie
WTR Baker  
(Bagsy)   
 LET Coultard  
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ET Bennet  
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LET Warren 
(Bungle)
LSTD Munro  
(Ed)  
WTR Weaver    
(Grant)  
CPO Stevenson  
(Neil)        
 CPO Scott     
(Matt)          
LET Gyte      
(Ginge)           
CPO Anderson    
(Neal)
WO2 Ritchie   
(Dave)
LSCISM Shaw    
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CPO Middleton 
(Craig)  
LOGS Hamilton   
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 LOGS Szulc  
(Ryan)  
WTR Morgan    
(Rattler)

On the 11th May 2013,  20 members of HMS ARTFUL will join 3000 other walkers to take part in the 47th annual 40 mile charity walk, consisting 15 walkers and 5 support crew. 

The 15 walkers are split into 2 teams, that will be competing for the Resolution Trophy. 

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Following our Show "2nd Dance to the Right", where the pupils of Tina's Dance Studios, Wigan, raised a donation of £1340.00, senior pupils did a Harlem Shake especially for the Forces Childrens Trust...

 

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Liverpool Collegiate RUFC 3rd team supporting the FCT

Wearing the Forces Children's Trust logo on their strip this successful team are raising the profile of the Trust across Merseyside.

 

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We are a group of friends with a common interest in motorcycles. Our goal is to show our support for the British Forces by raising funds for charities that support the British Forces and their Children. On this occasion, we have gathered a group of around 15 motorcycles to ride from Lands End to John O’Groats, stopping off at The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, in support of The Forces Children’s Trust and The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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kl1On November 26th 2011 a lot of lives were turned upside down. My Brother was killed in Kenya on a training exercise with the Army preparing for Afghan. He left behind a Mam, Dad, Sister, Wife & 2 very special Children. One of which he never got to hold.

James brought Sarah into our lives in 2010 and along with Sarah came my gorgeous Nephew, Connor. I never imagined James would ever become a parent but it came naturally to him. He joined the Army after being brought up in the Military and never wanted to stay in one place, he just wanted to be off seeing the world and providing for his family like our Dad did for us. He joined The 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 2010 and passed out in May 2011. In June 2011 they proudly announced that they'd be having a baby due early 2012. In July 2011 he married Sarah, 11 Days after his 21st Birthday.

In November 2011 Sarah moved to Germany to start married life with James & I don't think I've ever seen someone so happy. Life was perfect.

Unfortunately on the 26th the dreadful knock on the door came & so did the phone call. James was killed during a live firing exercise out in Kenya. Sarah & James had been married just short of 4 months and their Baby Girl was due in 3 months. Nothing could ever prepare a family for the heart break that came and still comes to this day.

The Forces Childrens Trust have done and continue to do an amazing job for children and families bereaved due to military deaths. Connor & Annabelle will benefit from this Charity for a very long time, they acknowledge the help and support needed for all the children in the situation they are in and help them every step of the way. It provides hope for the families of these children that there are people out there who care, who want to help and will help no matter what. With the help of the FCT these children will grow up with a sense of pride and understanding & they will never be alone.

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Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

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The Legoland toy run is an annual event to deliver presents to the army service children living at Broom Farm, run by Stuart Hookway.

The toys are escorted on the route by festively dressed bikers.  The route begins at Legoland and goes through Windsor Town Centre, ending at Broom Farm. As well as the toy donations companies also donated raffle prizes.  The raffle in aid of the Forces Children's Trust raised £607.81. Legoland also very kindly donated 20 tickets to the FCT.

Other people and organisations involved (totalling around 120) were:

  • Royal Borough Community Wardens
  • Various marshalls and helpers
  • Tesco donated bacon, sausages and hot drinks
  • Legoland who hosted the start and donated Legoland tickets
  • Windsor Chapter of the Hells Angels
  • Thames Valley Harley Davidson owners
  • Royal Borough Scooter Club
  • Motorcycle Action Group members
  • Other local bikers
  • Broom Farm residents

 

newfun99trampolinelrgSince becoming aware of the Forces Children’s Trust, the team at Big Game Hunters have been greatly moved by the generosity and kindness of the Trust and the founder Denny Wise. They were quick to get in touch and express their interest in supporting us and getting involved with the charity.

Big Game Hunters Trampoline Shop are a small family-run company that specialise in trampoline equipment for families of all ages, and are committed to encouraging children to get outdoors and enjoy the great benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, while having a whole lot of fun at the same time! To join forces with our Trust and support our efforts, the Big Game Hunters team have kindly donated one of their most popular trampolines; an 8ft Fun trampoline with a safety enclosure!

They will hold a free raffle at our 2012 Christmas Party for this wonderful Gift to the FCT. Big Game Hunters have designed a range of different size and shape trampolines, including Oval trampolines, rectangular and even bright pink ones, but their real originality lies in their dedication to children and families everywhere, and host various campaigns to help families encourage their children to have fun outdoors, and see how exciting the fresh air can be! We’re so pleased that different organisations and individuals continue to recognise the work that we do and wish to help and support us, and it’s this generosity that means we can continue to do our very best for this wonderful cause.

Many thanks to Trampoline Shop, and to all our supporters.

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Forces Childrens Trust, represented by Denny Wise attended a presentation at RAF Coningsby where he was presented with a cheque for £4196.00 by Wing Commander Graham Pemberton OC 29(R) Squadron.
 
Also in attendance:
  • Sgt Liam Whelan 2010/2011 Display Manager
  • C/T Robert Huckle 2013 Display Manager
  • Cpl Mick Butler Deputy Team leader (AV Specialist)
 

The Typhoon Display Team PR team consisted of 7 personnel selected from a number of trades and ranks from RAF Coningsby.
They gave up their time and weekends to carry out a number of roles including distributing Eurofighter Typhoon promotional items, assisting with public enquiries and raising funds for Forces Childrens Trust, one of the two charities the Display Team supported this year. The team raised a total amount of £4916.00 for the Forces Children's Trust.
 
Big thanks to the following personnel from RAF Coningsby:
  • Flt Lt Gregor Ogston (Display Manager)
  • Sgt Liam Whelan (Eng Display Manager)
  • Flt Lt Arlene Walker (PR)
  • FS Darren Thompson (PR)
  • Cpl Mick Butler (PR)
  • Cpl Craig Grouse (PR)
  • Cpl Jamie Rae (PR)
 
Following the presentation Denny was shown round a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and then visited The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) to have a presentation on the Spitfire, Lancaster Bomber, Hurricane, Chipmunk and Dakota.
 
"It was an honour to raise awareness and funds for the Forces Childrens Trust, It is a charity we all hold dear to our hearts, we were so grateful to the public for giving so generously to such a worthwhile cause."
 

 

The police of Mount Pleasant went underwater for 24 hours covering 62 kilometres in support of the Forces Children’s Trust. Paul Wisdom was armed with a snorkel and a microphone at MPC Pool. Via BFBS.

chloe runBrilliant Chloe took part in the Junior (u/13's) Great Scottish run 3k on Saturday 1st September.

She raised a grand total of £245.00 (this includes £28.00 from the Virgin Giving page she set up) for the Forces Children's Trust.

Chloe's dad is a current serving soldier so it is a cause close to her heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Denny Wise of The Forces Children’s Trust is seen here, at the 21st September Cheque Presentation Event, receiving their cheque from The Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of Surrey and (at the same time) handing over a Certificate of Appreciation from the Trust to The Provincial Grand Master

The Lodges & Chapters that contributed towards this cheque were:

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  • New Era Lodge
  • New Era Chapter
  • Welcome Chapter
  • Precision Lodge
  • North Surrey Masters’ Lodge

The Engineers from 230sqn raised over £700.00 for the Forces Children's Trust by taking part in the Widsor Dragon Boat Race.

They even made it to the semi finals but just could not find enough energy to succeed in getting first place, pipped at the post by the Henley Rowing club. Not a bad effort for a bunch of amateurs!

Margaret Skinner tackled 71 miles of the South West Coast path fund raising for the FCT raising around £800!

She has written an account of her trip, which we publish here for your inspiration and enjoyment.

 

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Andy Martin writes of his amazing golf fundraiser..."On the 29th/30th of June this I took up the challenge of playing 24hrs of golf non-stop (and what a challenge it proved to be)"

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Elaine Corner and the children of Hessle High School & Sixth Form College raise £200.00 for the FCT.

"It was a great pleasure to meet Elaine at Hedley Court where she had been for a new fitting for her leg, a really nice lady with a positive attitude" said Denny Wise.

On Saturday 16th June Pat, Keith and Joanne Whitehead held a 'Tea Party' in aid of the Forces Children's Trust.  The event consisted of providing a large selection of home made cakes, tea/coffe/soft drinks and a free raffle.  Quiz sheets were also distributed and this enabled people to get to know one another whilst enjoying the afternoon and raising £650.00 for the charity.  This is the 2nd year that the event has been held and already people are asking when the next is taking place!

 

This fan dance is the grueling fitness and navigation test across the Brecon Beacons, used as an indicator as to the physical and mental determination of military candiates. Gary Spiers took on the challenge for a good cause, raising money for the Forces Children's Trust - and survived! More than that, he raised £625. Thank you Gary!

Denny Wise and the FCT would like to thank Sqn Ldr Sarah Charters, Cpl Des Buckley, Victoria Goshing and Eileen Cain for helping to raise £696.52 at Deepcut Barracks Open Day, a fantastic achievement!

"The Team" L to R Eileen Cain, Cpl Des Buckley, Sqn Ldr Sarah Charters, Denny Wise and Victoria Goshing.

Eileen Cain with a Chelsea Pensioner.

Ron Gamson President of The Catenian Association of West Norfolk, presenting a cheque to the value of £1,400.00.

On the very hot and sunny afternoon of 26 of March, a team of nine runners from PDSH (RAF Benson) set off on a gruelling 10 mile cross country run to raise money for the worthwhile charity - the Forces Children's Trust.

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"Andy Greenfield is a Rep and in the RAF working on the same Sqn as my future Son in Law. He is a Sgt. and an engineer, helping to keep the Puma's flying! His wife Anita and his daughter Erica work very hard in raising awareness of the FCT."

Holocaust of the Innocents

It is difficult for us to grasp the huge scale of the misery that is inflicted on innocent people by the many conflicts that affect our lives and the lives of the peoples of our world. Whether a conflict is tiny – a family fall-out – or major a war between countries, different races within a country, tribes, people of different colour or religions they almost always have one thing in common, there will be innocent victims who will had no say in the reasons to fight and quarrel and will have no say in what may happen to them as a result of such conflicts.

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The Biddenham Suite at Bedfordshire Golf Club was full this weekend as 75 members and guests gathered to enjoy an evening of screened horse races. The event was jointly sponsored by Paragon Electronics and Wells & Young’s Brewing Company.

Each race was sponsored, notably by groups of members, our Professional’s Shop, Prestige Scaffolding and the Inn at Astwood. In addition every horse was owned for a modest price by members and staff and eight horses were auctioned on the evening.

The take on the Tote, ably managed by Barry Solomon and Seniors Captain Colin Kidby, was over £520 which, added to the sponsorship, raised a profit of £1025 for the Forces Children’s Trust, one of the Club Captain’s charities. This is the second year the club has made a contribution to this charity which supports children in need whose mother or father has died or been injured whilst serving in the British Armed Services.

Thanks to all those who contributed to this worthy cause.

Captain 2012 – Roger Willis


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Soldiers from the Second Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers swapped their Friday ‘CO’s PT’ for a fund raising ‘Zumbathon’.

Celle Station’s Home-start office organised the event with the help of Hohne’s Zumba ladies.

Coordination is key with this fitness craze but the Fusiliers found out it is harder than it looks!

"Team True Spirit are a team of athletes that comprise of injured servicemen with a support team of rehabilitation physio's, civilians and volunteers who have decided to make a difference.

The following video clip was put together before, during and after the team completed Ironman UK 2011 and gives you an insight into what we do and why we do it."

Visit their site to find out more about this remarkable fund raising team.

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Ashton Sixth Form College raised £217.95 for the Trust by holding an Old Fashioned Sports Day!  
Thank you to all those who took part!

Stagecoach North East [Slatyford bus depot] Fund raising team

Jonathan Middlemiss, Caroline Burdon, Conrad Wigham, Derik Farrow, Mick Carter, Gary Routledge, Paul Gallant, Shawn Cree, James Price, Chris Larter and Ray Smith.

Three weeks to the run up to Christmas the team of 11 bus drivers dressed in fancy dress costumes drove their buses and collected donations from their passengers.

We had a fantastic response and collected £5540 which Stagecoach matched and along with 3 cheques two from the Freemasons totalling £300 and one from the Northeast Rhinos M.C.C OF £50, GIVING A GRAND TOTAL OF £11,430.00!

WO2 Paul Bushell, FCT representative is presented with a cheque from the Children of Kiddi Caru Children's Nursery.

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HMS Edinburgh has just returned from a seven month deployment in the South Atlantic, and whilst this was a busy time operationally there was a few times where they were able to take some down-time and run various flight deck entertainments to raise money for the Forces Children's Trust!

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The Annual Hotel Marketing Association Christmas Luncheon and Marketing Awards were held at the Savoy on the 19th December 2011. The Association, which provides education to raise the standard in hotel marketing and to endorse good marketing practise, raised monies for The Forces Children’s Trust through a raffle and auction and raised £7,600.

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Derrick the BearOn Wednesday 5th of October, Derrick the Bear made the 3419 nautical mile journey to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Derrick had a special mission - to raise awareness and money for the Forces Children's Trust.

Since arriving, he has been hosted by 653 Sqn Army Air Corps.

 

 

 

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Bus drivers Caroline and Jonathan dress up to raise funds for the Forces Children's Trust.
All the passengers from Newcastle Upon Tyne have been very generous to all the team of drivers and they have raised over £2000 in their first week of fund raising!

A Mammouth RAF Fund Raiser starts in Afghanistan for the Forces Children's Trust and other charities in March 2012.

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25 Marathons…Kayak 26 miles of English Channel…1,500 miles of Cycling 6 weeks of endurance, much of it at altitude, raising money for the Forces Children's Trust.

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Gerald Peacock President of the Luton North Rotary presenting Denny Wise with a cheque for £3,000 from the proceeds of a band concert given by the National Champions of Great Britain, Brighouse & Rastrick Band.

Cheque presentation at a Christmas Concert at the Catholic Garrison Church & Cathedral of the Bishop of the Forces, Aldershot, where the Army Medical Services Band performed along with a superb guest vocalist Theresa Lunn.

The cheque was presented by Colonel Jane Carey-Harris TD - Commanding Officer, 306 HSMR (V)

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Craig Wilkins GT3 car is flying the flag for the Forces Children's Trust this year. Go Craig!

Run the River Ayr Way Challenge!
It's just been announced that the Forces Children's Trust is this years nominated charity for the River Ayr Way Challenge, a scenic 44 mile ultra marathon in Ayrshire.

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