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Article from section published on January 31, 2012

Phone helps Harriet Bond thanks to RNRMCF

A Naval officer’s daughter with serious health issues has benefitted from a donation by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund.

A seriously-ill teenage girl, Harriet Bond – the daughter of submariner Lt Ian Bond – has received a life-changing Christmas gift thanks mainly to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund and Naval welfare support service.

Harriet, aged 13, has been given a special text-based mobile phone to allow her to communicate more regularly with friends and family.

Until now Harriet has been loaned a similar phone – called a Lightwriter Connect and costing almost £5,000 – during her daytime attendance at the Lavinia Norfolk Centre in Angmering, a centre for young children with physical, mental, medical and sensory difficulties.

But having her own, upgraded model – which has been funded by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund charity and two local Rotary clubs – will open up her world 24 hours a day.

She will be able to stay in touch with her group of close friends plus when necessary have phone conversations with mum Sarah, dad Ian and 19-year-old brother Henry.

She became seriously ill in 2006 with a rare neurological condition Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).

She suffered another episode of the illness in 2009 which left her with severe mobility, speech and feeding difficulties, although her intellectual capabilities remain intact.

Harriet’s family has been supported throughout her illness by the Naval Personal and Family Service and Royal Marines Welfare which offers a comprehensive social work service to RN personnel and their families.

They played a big part, securing the funds to ensure Harriet receives the £4,585 Lightwriter in time for Christmas.

Two special mounts to allow the Lightwriter to be fitted to Harriet’s two wheelchairs were provided by the Snowdrop charity.

Harriet’s submariner father, Lt Bond, said: “Harriet’s illness has been devastating to our family; she is such a lovely, full-of-life girl who always has a smile on her face.

“Her first episode of ADEM saw her make a very good recovery in a short space of time. However this time around her improvements have been a lot slower. We all remain positive that her recovery will continue to improve.

“The level of support she has received has been extremely uplifting.

“This new Lightwriter will enable her to socialise with her new friends she is making at Lavinia Norfolk Centre.

“Thank you just doesn’t sound enough but we are all very grateful to all who have helped her.”


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Article from section published on January 20, 2012

Date for your Diary – Friday 18 May 2012

The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund

 Dinner at Leeds Castle

Friday May 18th 2012

 The Saxon manor of Esledes was an ideal place for the descendant of one of William the Conqueror’s lords, Robert de Crevecoeur, to fortify and build a castle in 1119. LeedsCastlepassed into royal hands in 1278 and became part of the Queen of England’s dower – the settlement widowed queens received upon the death of their husbands.  Over the course of 150 years it was held by six mediaeval queens: Eleanor of Castile, Margaret of France, Isabella of France, Joan of Navarre, Anne of Bohemia and Catherine de Valois.

In Tudor times Henry VIII visited frequently, notably with his Queen, Catherine of Aragon, and their entire court on the way to the tournament of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, which took place inFrancein 1520.  Henry’s son, King Edward VI, granted the castle to one of Henry’s courtiers for his services.  Since then it has been in private ownership.  It has been used as a garrison, a prison and a convalescent home, as well as being the home of the Culpeper, Fairfax and Wykeham Martin families.   It was refurbished in the 1920s by Lady Baillie, an American heiress, and is now maintained by the Leeds Castle Foundation for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

Itinerary of evening:

18:00               Guests arrive for those wanting guided tours of the Castle

18:30              Champagne reception

20:15               Dinner in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall

After dinner speech

00:30               Carriages, guests depart

Tables of 10 are available at this unique and fascinating evening to be held at Leeds Castle in the Henry VIII banqueting hall.  Rooms are available in the Castle should you wish to stay the night, please contact us for more details and prices.  If you would like to attend this amazing evening or for more information please contact Clare Scherer on 07947 691 950 or

Article from section published on January 20, 2012

Four Commando Tests in just 24 hours!

On the 16th November 2011, six Royal Marine Physical Training Instructors COMPLETED all four Commando Tests, in 24 hours raising funds for the Royal Marines/ Royal Navy Children’s Fund and Children in Need.

These normally take place over 8 days AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN 24 HOURS. The challenge finished with a 30 miler over very wet and boggy undulating ground. Mentally and physically the hardest 24 hours of their lives.

A huge thank you to all those who took part and their supporters.

Completing the Four Commando Tests in just 24 hours