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Article from section published on July 8, 2016

My Mum’s Got a Dodgy Brain…

Anya (aged 9), Macauley (aged 11) and Erin (aged 12), each live with a parent who’s experiencing mental ill-health. These three incredible and positive children share their stories and offer advice to other young people.

My Mum’s Got a Dodgy Brain was commissioned by Devon Partnership NHS Trust to talk to children, families and professionals.

 

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Article from section published on April 6, 2016

Meet Lacey-May…

Lacey-May is 6 years old and has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.  She is such a happy little girl, a real testament to the love and support from her amazing mum and dad and big sister and brother.  The Children’s Fund have helped her in the past with a special trike and horse riding lessons, both of which benefited her enormously.  This year we are delighted to have been able to help with a significant milestone for Lacey-May.   In March she underwent a six hour corrective nerve surgery operation which then requires two years of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.   Unfortunately this treatment is not funded by the NHS in full (they can only fund 25% of the post-operative therapies) so we are funding the rest for her.    This short video shows the remarkable results from the operation in just a couple of weeks.  What a brave, remarkable little girl.

 

Article from section published on March 4, 2016

2016 Art Competition is now open for Entries!

To celebrate the 90th Birthday of HM the Queen, this years’ theme is ‘The Queen’s Birthday Picnic’.

For more information and how to enter please download the entry form HERE, for terms and conditions, click HERE

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Article from section published on July 14, 2014

Sandrail Raffle.

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.

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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

Article from section published on July 10, 2014

Children’s Art Competition – the results!

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’

Charity Art competition

Lucy Willis ‘Badge of Honour’

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’

Charity Art competition

Thomas Willis ‘Around the Globe for 350 Years’

10 and over
1st Sam Shefras ‘Ambush’
2nd Frida Kenning ‘Sea Soldiers’
3rd Robert Berrisford-Smith ‘Invasion’

Charity Art competition

Sam Shefras ‘Ambush’

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. 

Major Mike Wills RM