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Article from section published on February 24, 2012

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RNRMCF Newsletter   February 2012

Events Diary 2012

 Children’s Art competition – To highlight Seafarers Awareness Week 2012

Following on from the success of last year’s competition we are running it again – this time the theme is Pirates.   Use your imagination and create a drawing, painting, collage or cartoon (no computer generated images) using the theme ‘PIRATES’

There are two categories: 0-11 and 12-16 years old and the only limit is your imagination!  The winners and best other entries in each category will be judged by our panel and then exhibited in Portsmouth during Seafarers Awareness Week – June 25th – July 1st and there will be a prize giving and reception for them and their families at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea.

Entry forms available on the website or email Clare Scherer at rnchildren@btconnect.com and we can send you one.

Planes, Games & Automobiles – a great day out for the whole family

Monday June 4th 2012 (Jubilee Bank Holiday)

Goodwood Motor Circuit

 www.fundaysforcharity.eu

 Come and celebrate the Jubilee with us on a right royal day out in the heart ofSussexat the wonderful Goodwood circuit/Aerodrome, home to the world famous Revival meeting.

We have arranged something for everybody from a Track Day and a Fly In to face painting and games and everything in between.  Whether you want to bring a picnic and join us for a Jubilee Street Party complete with bunting and cakes or just come along and look at the wonderful classic cars on display – possibly even going on your own Dream Ride around the surrounding countryside.  Children can enter our cake baking competition, or turn up in 1950s fancy dress – the best outfit wins a prize.  We are running a Craft competition to celebrate Her Majesty’s Jubilee – templates for crowns and diamonds are on the website and the completed hanging collage will be presented to the Queen by the Children’s Fund.

For you real petrol-heads out there you can book a place on the Track Day and get to drive around the motorcircuit itself.

Details of the day and all the options and activities available are on the website www.fundaysforcharity.eu  Come along for free – some rides may be charged for and there is a charge to participate in the Track Day.

Welfare

By making donations to the RNRMCF you enable us to continue to support families that need our help.  As always the type of help that we are asked to provide is wide ranging and covers many different areas.  Recently we have seen several cases where the family has needed support with respite care costs.  One family have a young child with Cerebral Palsy and another family need support as the mother goes through chemotherapy.  In both cases we were able to help them with these costs and relieve some of the pressure on the family.  As so many of you will be aware even seemingly minor costs such as childminding are hard to find and when a family is also coping with illness or disability the fact that we can help them with these costs makes such a difference to their daily lives.

Many of you might not be aware that we support children up to the age of 25.  We feel that young people are not quite ready to face the world alone at the age of 18 and a recent case has highlighted this.  A young man of twenty whose parents had both died and is considered vulnerable was looking at life on the streets.  He had been living on friend’s sofas whilst trying to hold down his job and now, after losing his job, had run out of places to stay.  He is getting support with the process of applying for benefits and housing but we were able to help him with an emergency grant whilst he waited.

Fabulous Fundraisers

Wellford United: Shane and Andy Stafford and the football team they formed in March 2011 made up of family and friends.  Rather than finding a sponsor they decided to support us and now proudly bear our logo on their shirts.  Starting with weekly training sessions they affiliated with the Hampshire Football Association and were accepted into the City of Portsmouth Sunday Football League Division 2.  Having arranged several start of season friendly matches they were able to assess their standard and positions that their players would be best suited to play in.   Full details of how they are getting on can be found on the website.

Tracey Smith organised a wonderful ball down in the West Country.   Laurene went along and said it was the most wonderful evening – Tracey had secured some amazing auction prizes and the whole evening went brilliantly.

Our thanks to all at HMS Victory where we held a lovely event in October attended by some of our supporters including Tenors UnLimited who sang for us amidst the guns.  With an after dinner speech by the wonderful Sir Michael Parkinson the evening was a huge success.  Thanks to Nauticalia, Jonathan Bowman, Hilton Hotels, Trinity House and Hildon Water who all supported the evening.

In June we had the finals of our Children’s Art Competition in aid of Seafarers Awareness Week.  we had a lovely tea party at theRoyalMarinesMuseum in Southsea where the pictures were all on display and we presented the winners with their prizes.  Our thanks to all at the Museum and to Micro-Scooters and Carte Blanche who supplied some of the prizes.  The finalists all feature in a calendar we have produced which is only £4.  It is a non-year specific calendar so you can have for many years to come – use it to record special birthdays and anniversaries.

We are now launching our 2012 competition – details on the website.

We are, as ever, hugely grateful to all that fundraise on our behalf and with this newsletter we are able to say thankyou to a few of them.  We thank you all – you really are making a difference to the lives of the children we support.

Thinking of writing or updating your will? – maybe leaving a legacy to RNRMCF?

If so, Solicitors George Ide LLP now provide a will-making service at a discount to our supporters and families.  You can take advantage of this service by contacting Paul Asling on 01243 831006 or following the link on our website.  You do not have to leave a gift in your Will to use this service by George Ide will make a donation to the RNRMCF for every Will made by one of our supporters.

Thankyou!  Many donations are received throughout the year from our loyal supporters.  Here is a selection of those who have helped the Children’s Fund in recent months.

Mrs Cuthbert, donation £100

St Ann’s Church Outreach, donation £300

Jackie & Caroline Noyes, donation in memory of Andrew £300

Tracey Andrews, raised at nursery coffee morning £60

Bruce Roberts, donation £250

Ronnie & Sue Lim, donation £3000

Sir Michael & Lady Parkinson, donation £1000

Jobsite, donation at Portsmouth FC £350

Helen Tucker-Brown and The Grey House School, donation £20

Mrs Stokes, donation £5

Mrs Dorrington, donation £5

Mrs Bradbury, donation £10

Mrs Rustage, donation in lieu of wedding gift to Lady Strathalmond £30

Mrs Lynch, donation £10

Joint Support Unit Welfare Fund on behalf of the Tri-Service personnel serving at Northwood headquarters, donation £250

Colin Taylor, donation £65

Christine Smith, donation £20

Catriona Daunley, donation in memory of her mother Juliana Hamers £100

Mr Anthony & Mrs Glynis Osborne, donation £1000

Royal Naval Association Swaffham Branch, donation £75

Royal Naval Association Grantonwn on Spey & District branch, donation £200

Royal Naval Association Harrogate & District branch, donation £25

Mr Roger Smith, donation £100

Kent Police, donation £150

Port of London  Authority, donation £100

Mr Roger Smith, donation £50

Association of Wrens Portsmouth Branch, donation £100

Lord Ashcroft & The Cayo Foundation, donation £5000

Ladies Naval Charitable Trust, donation £3000

Royal Naval Home Command, donation through sale of branch memorabilia to Royal Navy’s Hydrographic, Meteorological & Oceanographic Specialisation £200

Royal Naval Association Shrewsbury Branch, donation £50

Mrs Christine Smith who did a triathlon, donation £69

PO Lee Taylor at WO SR & SNCO’s Mess from their ‘Anti-Flash’ concert, donation £350

Mrs Kate de Haan, donation £1000

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, grant awarded £5000

Zenergi, donation £3333.33

The Duke of Edinburgh donation

Royal Naval Association Cheshunt Branch, donation £100

Royal Naval Association Bridlington, donation £50

NPFS Plymouth, donation £160

AET Brady 771 Squadron – Culdrose, donation £150

Royal Naval Association Hanworth, donation £50

Ray Williams, donation £325

Rick Brunton, donation £500

Queen Mary’s Roehampton Trust, grant of £7,500

Corporate Supporters

BAE Systems

We were the charity partner of BAE Systems inPortsmouthfor two years and they have been the most brilliant supporters of our work.  With fundraising and volunteering covering activities ranging from Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, doing a mile carrying 300lb (and yes, you did read that right!), to craft making workshops they have been extraordinary.

A wonderful team led by Sean Collins, Elliot Webber and Lorie Coffey have motivated, exhorted, challenged and supported as they raced towards raising us the most that they could.  They were one of the most successful charity challenge teams of all the BAE branches – and we are overwhelmingly grateful to them for all their hard work.

Over the course of their two years they raised an extraordinary £27,173.55 through all their various activities and clocked up an amazing 2733 volunteer hours.  All this amazing endeavour meant that their parent company have now given us an amazing £51,299 in additional funding making a total of £78,472.55.  I am sure all will agree that they have been truly amazing and wonderful and superlatives now escape me.  We cannot thank them enough on behalf of all the children that we will be able to support because of their help.

Sporting Bears Drivers Club

We are delighted to have been chosen by a great organisation – the Sporting Bears – as one of their charities to support.  Led in our area by the energetic and enterprising Baz Firth they are hoping to raise money and awareness of the Children’s Fund across the South East this year.   They will be at the Jubilee day in June at Goodwood Motor Circuit where they will be offering Dream Rides around the countryside in their classic motors.  We will also be accompanying them to various supercar shows at Dunsfold and Wilton House later in the year – if you are there look out for the Children’s Fund tent and come and see us.

Plymouth Junior Lawyers

These are a bunch of bright young lawyers who are busy fundraising away for us – when they aren’t working very hard that is. So far they have held a quiz night and some of them are planning to run a half marathon in aid of the Children’s Fund.

Naked Strength

Encouraged by the wonderful bunch of Royal Marines led by Les Barrow who did some amazing things for the Children’s Fund last year (see our website) Tim Peace and the team at Naked Strength have chosen us as their charity for the New Forest Festival of Running this March 10th and 11th – full details on the website.

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Article from section published on February 22, 2012

Fighting For – A Poem

In the office, we receive a lot of correspondence which sometimes is quite harrowing to read. This arrived recently in our office, in a plain envelope and handwritten on a sheet of lined paper ripped from a notebook. There was no signature or return address so the author remains anonymous.

It has moved us all so much, we felt we had to share this remarkable poem.

Fighting for

For my child.

I packed my bag and said goodbye

I didn’t want to see you cry

I hoped you wouldn’t wonder why

I’m leaving you for war

I sailed away far out to sea

I hoped that you’d remember me

And one day that you would see

Why I had to go to war

I place your photo by my bed

I say goodnight and kiss your head

And think of stories we have read

In the dim lit bunk of war

I hope that you are safe and strong

My duties here will not go wrong

And I’ll return where I belong

With you and not at war

 

For my love.

I write a letter just in case

I don’t return to see that face

The sea’s the final resting place

For sailors lost at war

If in some far off foreign land

Or some sun scorched desert sand

I’m broken by another’s hand

Then flown back from the war

Don’t salute as I return

Pray a peace we all will earn

Before our children take their turn

To suffer in a war

My child without a mum or dad

Will never live a life so glad

As many others children had

Because I went to war

 

For my nation.

To fight for country, and for queen

To fight for those I’ve never seen

To fight for comrades in the war

But, it’s my child I’m fighting for

If I return all broken, or don’t return at all

I pray my country and my queen

I hope all those I’ve never seen

Remember it’s my child that’s been

Their casualty of war

So do your bit to honour us

And keep our children safe

Just as we lived to honour you

And took our dreaded place

Amongst the pain and sorrow and suffering we saw

Don’t let our little children be lost casualties of war.

Article from section published on February 22, 2012

Phil Packer’s Brit 2012 Challenge

Phil Packer has lent a considerable amount of support to the RNRM Children’s Fund and we are delighted to support him in his latest challenge, Brit 2012.

Phil Packer MBE is calling on the young people, businesses and the British public to join him as he walks 2012 miles across Great Britainduring 2012 to raise £15million to build a Centre of Inspirational Excellence for young people facing  adversity.

The BRIT 2012 Challenge will begin on 24 January when Phil, the founder of the British Inspiration Trust who suffered severe spinal cord damage in 2008 and was told it was highly unlikely he would walk again, will set out on his 2012-mile walk, starting at Chichester College inWest Sussex. Over the course of the year he will make his way through locations chosen by young people in everycounty ofEngland,Northern Ireland,Scotland, andWales, including Jersey,Guernsey and the Isle of Man. On the way, he will meet many of Great Britain’s youth who are facing physical and mental adversity, from community groups, schools, colleges and charities who will join Phil at the chosen locations where he will walk.

Find out more here.

Article from section published on February 8, 2012

New Forest Festival of Running

Organised by Naked Strength

Saturday 10th / Sunday 11th March 2012

 http://nakedstrength.co.uk/events/new-forest-festival-of-running/

This promises to be the biggest and best weekend of Running the south has seen for many years – and what makes it better, it’s done the Naked Strength way so there’s something for everyone to take part in. From absolute novice to National elite, young to old, racing snakes to those who consider themselves a little larger than they’d like, our doors are open and we welcome you to a big scale event that still holds a personal and friendly appeal.

The Red Shoot Camping Park (Event HQ) is situated in the most perfect location to access theNew Forest whilst keeping you off the roads. Because we’ve focused on Location, Location, Location all of these runs have limited places and we will be operating a shuttle bus service from the off site car parks which are less than a 4 minute bus ride. The Naked Strength Events Team have taken the view that you would much prefer an amazing and safe run in the heart of theForest, rather than a hard road slog to get amongst the ponies!!!

We are very much about your sport being part of your family so please bring them along to support; there will be variety of children’s activities and retail outlets to keep them occupied whilst you’re out in theNew Forest…

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