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Article from section published on April 25, 2013

A whole litter of Andrex Puppies thanks to Wave 105!

The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund are delighted to have been chosen as one of ten charities by Wave 105 FM for the public to vote on to win a huge box of Andrex Puppies – and we won!

Clare Scherer from the Children’s Fund went to Wave 105 FM this week to collect the box of adorable puppies and thank them for thinking of us.  The puppies will be used throughout the summer at various events the Children’s Fund are attending to help raise funds which will go towards the work we do supporting children that need our help.

Clare collecting the prize from Wave 105's Gary Parker

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Article from section published on April 23, 2013

KNITTERS NEEDED – Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund urgently need knitting volunteers

The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RN&RMCF), the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work for the Naval Services, is looking for knitters to volunteer their time and their spare wool to create small dolls for the charity.

As part of a sensitive new 2013 initiative called ‘Knit the Family’ the charity is focusing on the importance of knitting families back together when one of the parents returns from active military service.  Central to the initiative will be a support handbook aimed at providing practical help and guidance for the family in helping to overcome the effects of PTSD and OSR (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Operational Stress Reaction).

Royal Navy Dad and little girl

The charity is planning to distribute the book with the little knitted dolls that depict a generic parent and child holding hands to symbolise the importance of ‘knitting’ families back together…. But to do this they need volunteers to knit the small dolls.

Full details including the patterns can be found here:

Little Girl Doll pattern (pdf – free download)

Royal Navy Doll pattern (pdf – free download)

Royal Marine Doll pattern (pdf – free download)

Materials Needed (pdf – free download)

Laughing Hens, the knitting website for all your knitting needs has kindly offered a 10% discount to those buying wool or other items to knit the small dolls when quoting ‘RNRMCF’ at the checkout.  www.laughinghens.com

The pattern for the dolls has been specially created by Fiona Goble, who published ‘Knit your own Royal Wedding’ in 2011 with Ivy Press who have kindly donated the pattern to the RN&RMCF.  Fiona Goble and Ivy Press have also published books such as Knit Your Own Zombie, Fairy Tale Knits and Farmyard Knits and recently a pattern to ‘Knit Your Own Royal Baby’.

Monique Bateman, Director of RN&RMCF says: “People are always incredibly generous towards our charity because everyone recognises the sadness, especially for children, caused by disharmony in the home.  Returning service personnel have much to contend with as do their families and what we are trying to achieve is a more seamless reintegration into family life. The little dolls are rich in symbolism and we desperately need volunteers to click their needles for us”

If you think you can help us by knitting a parent and child, please send your completed dolls to:

Natalie Lloyd
Spider PR
4 Leathermarket Street
London
SE1 3HN

For further information please contact:
Natalie Lloyd at Spider PR
020 7403 6900, natalie.lloyd@spider-pr.com

Visit our Knit the Family page to see more details.

Article from section published on April 19, 2013

Dinner at Leeds Castle – Friday 17th May 2013

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.  Leeds Castle passed 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 in France in 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.

Entertainment and Speakers :  Our speaker on the evening is Mrs Victoria Wallace, Chief Executive of Leeds Castle.  We will be entertained before the dinner by ‘All that Malarky’

All that Malarky:  David Harrington, composer/arranger/accompanist; Amy Fuller, soprano; Frances Gregory, soprano; Colin Bryce, tenor; Eleias Roberts, tenor.

David Harrington is a composer, accompanist and music director currently studying at RWCMD. David has had works commissioned and performed by a huge range of ensembles and soloists including the Lunar Sax Quartet, BBC string quartet, Rosie Biss (WNO), the Erato Piano trio as well as Philip Cobb, Richard Marshall (LSO), Owen Farr and David Childs (Cory Band). He currently resides as composer-in-residence to the Sinfonia Newydd Ensemble and as MD of the All that Malarkey Cabaret ensemble.

Supercar Siege

On the Saturday there will be the added attraction of a day of cars organised in aid of the Children’s Fund by the Sporting Bears Motoring Group – with around 500 classic and sports cars turning up on display.  These classic and sports car enthusiasts will be there displaying their cars and offering ‘Dream Rides’ around the countryside.   There will also be a Sea King Helicopter on display and car related attractions.

Itinerary of evening:

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

18:30                Champagne reception with ‘All that Malarky’

20:15                Dinner in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall

00:30                Carriages, guests depart

Tickets still available at £200 per head, tables of 10 for £2000.

www.leeds-castle.com

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