The fabulous Sporting Bears www.sportingbears.co.uk have once again given some of our beneficiaries a day to remember. Firstly Harriet and her mum were treated like royalty in London with a ride in a Bentley (with police escort) and a special guided tour of Buckingham Palace followed by a night in the Hilton Metropole Hotel – thanks to all those involved. Then Emily and her dad had the Bentley experience in Luton this time and Emily got to go in a Private Plane for a joy ride and they were both given the VIP treatment throughout.
To commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Marines a charity rugby match has been organised in Gibraltar, the Corps first major battle honour, between Gibraltar anf the Royal Marines RFC. As a warm up there will also be a Gibraltar Veterans XV versus a Royal Marines Invitation XV which willl feature serving and former Royal Marines and Royal Navy players as well as former International players such as Colin Charvis (Wales, British & Irish LIons)), Paul Sackey (England), Leigh B Davies (Wales), Paul Sampson (England) and many more. The aim of the inaugral ‘Gibraltar Bowl’ is to raise not only funds for the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund but just as importantly to raise awreness of the work carried out by the charity.
It is hoped that this will be an enduring event beyond the 350th anniversary.
If anybody wishes to buy a replica, bespoke playing shirt (loose fit) they can be purchased through this link where £5 from each shirt sold will go towards RMCTF and RNRMCF
You can download the poster here for more information
The raffle is now closed!
No tickets bought after this time will therefore go into the draw and cannot be refunded. The Winner will be posted shortly.
The Sandrail Grand Draw.
Dreamshack Sandrail off road single seater (worth £3000) to be drawn at Castaway House, Portsmouth on Wednesday 26th November 2014. Promoter Clare Scherer, Bentley Cottage, Westerton, Chichester West Sussex PO18 0PG
Wednesday 24th June saw the finals and prize giving of our Annual Children’s Art Competition at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth. Twenty six shortlisted finalists and their families and teachers attended a tea party where their pictures were on display and the winners were announced. The theme this year was SEA SOLDIERS to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Marines.
The winners in their different categories were:
Under 5 yrs old
1st Lucy Wills ‘Badge of Honour’
2nd Orla Brady ‘Sea soldiers on a ship, Sea soldiers doing ice breaking in Norway, Sea soldiers in the jungle’
3rd Gregory Kakovin ‘Helicopter’
6-9 yrs old
1st Thomas Wills ‘Around the globe for 350 years’
2nd Henry Woods ‘Royal Marine’
3rd Evie Ferris ‘A day in the life of a sea soldier’
10 and over
1st Sam Shefras ‘Ambush’
2nd Frida Kenning ‘Sea Soldiers’
3rd Robert Berrisford-Smith ‘Invasion’
Two of the children that won in their respective categories were a brother and sister, Thomas and Lucy Wills. Their uncle was a Royal Marine who had died ten years ago almost to the day of the prize giving. When the family received the leaflet about the competition they got out all of his service memorabilia and medals and talked to the children about their uncle, whom they had never met, and his life. The resulting pictures really showed this emotional story. The family attended the prize giving and on the Friday, the anniversary of his death, were visiting his memorial.
Major Mike Wills RM joined the Royal Marines as an 18 year old in 1978, and during his 25 years in the Corps he served in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Sierra Leone and Georgia. Mike was a keen skydiver with over 6000 jumps, and during the 1980s he was a member of the Royal Marines Free Fall Team. In August 1986 the team broke the world record with a 200 feet high stack of 24 canopies – a record that still stands today. Mike died in a skydiving aircraft crash in Devon in June 2004, and ten years later his nephew Tommy Wills and niece Lucy Wills were amongst the prizewinners at the RNRMCF painting competition to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Marines. By Patrick Wills, Mike’s brother and father of Tommy and Lucy.
Sam Coleman and Ben Wansborough will be cycling from HMNB Devonport, Plymouth to HMS Victory, Portsmouth in aid of the RNRM Children’s Fund. The route will take us along the coastal commuter route between the dockyard cities and we shall stop off over night in Dorchester, Dorset.
In 2012, my daughter became very ill, very suddenly and after admission to hospital she was diagnosed with a bleed on the brain. She was just 4 weeks old at the time. She was transferred to Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital where she spent 6 weeks in a medically induced coma on the Intensive Care Unit. Without the aid of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund, my partner and I would not have been able to stay in Bristol to support our daughter. They provided us with funds so that we could be accommodated in Bristol, in close proximity to the hospital.
My Just Giving™ page can be found here
There is a Facebook™ page here where I will be posting updates of my preparation and progress.