Events Guide 2020 Make 2020 the year you jump, trek or take on the incredible to support soldiers, veterans and their families
Hello and welcome to the 2020 edition of our Events Guide
Charity supporters: Richard and Helen Haywood
Our story is your story, over the last 75 years we have only been able to support soldiers, veterans and their families thanks to our supporters, people just like you. We are The Army’s National Charity and without fanfare, we ensure that money is in the right place at the right time to ensure that a soldier, veteran or family member in need gets help.
It was pure luck that the Operation Bletchley invitation email dropped into Richard Haywood’s inbox, just at a time when he was looking for a new challenge. He signed up on the spot and recruited his wife, Helen, to join in his mission.
As the country celebrates VE Day and VJ Day this year, we will remember when our job truly started, making sure that each returning member of the Army could live a life of independence and dignity. We have even supported veterans from the Boer War and to this day we support veterans who fought in World War
Two 75 years ago. In 75 years’ time, we will be supporting veterans from conflicts today. This is where you come in. Picture yourself in the coming year, what do you want to achieve? Now picture yourself cracking codes, Yomping across the Highlands, walking in the footsteps of those who fought in the trenches of northern France and freefalling out of an airplane, all to support soldiers, veterans and their families. What are you waiting for… sign up today! Together for The Soldiers’ Charity
Steve Oatley, Head of Events
How your fundraising has supported those in need “We had recently been gifted a holiday and this seemed a perfect way to give something in return. Since we have several family connections with the military, supporting ABF The Soldiers’ Charity felt like a perfect fit,” said Richard. “We’re quite an active couple and 50 miles seemed a little tame, so I set myself the challenge of covering 10km a day throughout July. With hindsight, that was maybe a little optimistic! But we also wanted to make every second count, so we added a few extra activities along the way.” In addition to walking, running or cycling every day, the couple drove up to Yorkshire to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks, a 24-mile hike which they completed in just over 12 hours. “The whole challenge was brilliant! Operation Bletchley is a great combination of exercise for body and mind. We loved solving the puzzles and roped in a few
friends to help with clues. It was good to know that the money we were raising was making a real difference to people’s lives,” said Helen. “The exercise was tough, but the biggest challenge for me was the week that Helen was promoted to Corporal in the Fundraising Army.” replied Richard with a grin. “I had to obey her for a whole week until I caught up!” Between them, Richard and Helen covered over 270 miles and raised £716 for the charity. If all of that wasn’t enough, Richard attempted to cycle the actual challenge route from Bletchley Park to the Cabinet War Rooms on the final day, another 50 miles. “Sadly, the cycle ride was a bit of a disaster and I had to stop after 29 miles, but it wouldn’t have been a challenge if I hadn’t pushed myself to the limit. We’re looking forward to doing it again next year!”
Below are some key statistics from 2018 – 2019 that demonstrate the huge variety and scope of our work in the last year. We continue to act with trust, respect and integrity, ready to respond to the ever-changing needs of the community we support.
For grants to individuals in need
Spent on grants to other charities and organisations providing support to the Army family
92 organisations supporting the Army Family were funded
In 2018-19 we spent
2 years 102 years the age range of our beneficiaries
70,000 members of the Army Family were supported
supporting the Army family
£2.2m £7.1m Spent funding the Neurological wing at the DNRC plus further support
Provided support to the military welfare ecosystem ensuring needs can be met in a timely and effective manner
Global Impact we supported the Army family in 68 countries around the world
of our grants a day, or £77,000 supported serving every week was Army personel and spent on grants their families to individuals
THE SOLDIERS’ CHARITY FUNDRAISING ARMY IS GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH WITH MORE FUNDRAISERS THAN EVER TAKING UP THE CHALLENGE AND RISING THROUGH THE RANKS! AS A RECRUIT IN THIS ELITE FUNDRAISING FORCE, YOUR PRIMARY MISSION IS TO RAISE VITAL FUNDS TO SUPPORT SOLDIERS, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. EXPERIENCE THE CAMARADERIE OF RIFLE RUN, THE ADRENALINE OF A SKYDIVE OR THE ADVENTURE OF RIDE LONDON.
DO YOU HAVE THE DRIVE TO RISE THROUGH THE RANKS WHILST RAISING MONEY TO HELP THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND GAVE SO MUCH FOR US? ALL RECRUITS IN ANY OF OUR FLAGSHIP EVENTS START OFF AS A PRIVATE AND ARE PROMOTED EVERY TIME A FUNDRAISING MILESTONE IS ACHIEVED.
NEW RECRUIT: PRIVATE
HOW FAR WILL YOU RISE? OUTRANK YOUR MATES – ENLIST NOW!
The ultimate challenge, the Cateran Yomp is back for its 10th year! Not for the faint hearted, your team will battle through 54 miles (gold) in 24 hours across the rugged terrain of the Scottish wilderness. You can also sign up for the silver (36 miles) or bronze (22 miles) options. Sign up with friends, family and colleagues and experience an unforgettable weekend whilst raising money for soldiers, veterans and their families. Whichever distance you choose, you will get to test both your physical and mental limits whilst trekking through some truly breath-taking scenery. Taking place on the 6/7 June in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains, this is set to be our biggest Yomp yet as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. Early Bird offer just ÂŁ99 per person, or ÂŁ80 for serving/veteran military personnel. Fundraising target: ÂŁ400
K E E P Y O U R E
Y E S P E E L E D F O R E
MESSAGE STARTS : It’s 1941 and the United Kingdom is in terrible danger. Luftwaffe bombs are raining down on towns and cities across the nation. The Royal Air Force guards the skies and the Navy protects the seas, but the threat of invasion has never been higher. German spies could destroy our telephone network at any moment, so the Home Guard is tightening up security around the capital. Your mission is to help us secure a new line of communication from Bletchley Park to the Cabinet War Rooms in London. We need you to walk the 50-mile route, making contact with key agents to solve puzzles along the way. Can you figure out the code and deliver the message before it’s too late? : MESSAGE ENDS
Operation Bletchley is a virtual codebreaking event that you can take part in anywhere in the world. There are 3 code levels to crack: Junior, Codebreaker or Cypher Expert. HOW IT WORKS 1 Link your fitness tracker to your fundraising page and start walking at your own pace. 2 Receive updates and codes to crack every 5 miles. 3 Solve the codes to decipher the hidden message. 4 Complete the 50-mile journey and deliver the message to Winston Churchill before time runs out.
X T R A M I S S I O N S I N 2 0 2 0
Raise £50 to receive an O.B. puzzlebook +
Raise £100 to receive your Fundraising Army Buff
Raise £150 to receive your O.B. T-shirt +
Raise £250 to receive your Special Fundraisers Medal +
Registration: £10 ............................................................................................................................
For more information visit soldierscharity.org/operationbletchley or email events@ soldierscharity.org or call 020 7811 3967
Walk 100km, following in the footsteps of those who fought for our freedom in WWI or WWII whilst supporting the soldiers and veterans of today. Choose The Western Front walk to commemorate those who fought on the Somme and Passchendaele battlefields or sign up to The Normandy Beaches walk to trek the coastline stormed as part of Operation Overlord, during the D-Day landings of WWII.
THE NORMANDY BEACHES
30 SEPTEMBER – 4 OCTOBER 2020 ............................................................
THE WESTERN FRONT
7 – 11 OCTOBER 2020 ............................................................
A 100km walk following the Western Front of WWI. The Walk starts at Lochnagar Crater, the location of the start of the Battle of the Somme, and finishes at the Menin Gate with the Ceremony of the Last Post. ............................................................
Sign up Register now to commemorate those who fought in WWI and WWII at your own pace. We’ll send you all the hints and tips you need to complete the challenge.
Track When you sign up you will create your own personal fundraising page. This is where you can record your walks, add pictures, stories and share on social media too.
A 100km walk passing the infamous beaches of Normandy, including Utah, Omaha and Sword Beaches and finishing at Pegasus Bridge.
Walk a total of 100km before 11 November. A Virtual Frontline Walk is a personal challenge that can be completed at any location and logged on your phone or fitness band. Discover the war stories of the people of your hometown whilst also paying your respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The 100km should be completed between 1st October and 11th November 2020. Join our online community to find like-minded people for fundraising support and encouragement with your challenge.
Rank up! As you raise more vital funds for The Soldiers’ Charity, you’ll be promoted through the ranks of our Fundraising Army - How far far will you go?
Raise £50 to receive your Frontline Walk Remembrance cross
Raise £100 to receive your Fundraising Army buff
Raise £150 to receive your Frontline Walk T-shirt
Raise £250 to recieve your Frontline Walk Mug +
Registration: £150 Fundraising: £1,250, with £600 due by the 24 July 2020 ............................................................................................................................
For more information visit soldierscharity.org/frontlinewalk or email Amy Kenyon on akenyon@ soldierscharity.org or call 020 7811 3960
Registration: £10 ............................................................................................................................
For more information visit soldierscharity.org/virtual or email events@ soldierscharity.org or call 020 7901 8913
HOW FAR YOU RUN DEPENDS ON YOUR AIM
“GREAT FUN. CHALLENGING. DIFFERENT.”
BASED ON A MILITARY TRAINING EXERCISE CALLED A MARCH AND SHOOT, RIFLE RUN IS A 10KM RUN – IF YOU CAN SHOOT STRAIGHT. One 10km course, three shooting challenges. 20 targets for you to hit in total One on one instruction on each shooting station For every shot you miss you face a 250m penalty loop before you can continue. Hit 20/20 = run 10km. Hit 0/20 = run 15km Registration: £49 (Early bird and team discounts available) Fundraising target: £100
MULTIPLE EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. TO FIND ONE NEAR YOU: VISIT SOLDIERSCHARITY.ORG/RIFLERUN OR EMAIL EVENTS@SOLDIERSCHARITY.ORG OR CALL 020 7811 3960
Lace up your running shoes and step up for The Soldiers’ Charity. Whether you sprint, run, jog or bimble to the finish line, the Fundraising Army is with you every step of the way. With specialist training plans and incredible support, it’s time to earn that PB. Do it for soldiers, veterans and their families.
Looking for that next big adrenaline rush and a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Skydive with the Red Devils – join the world famous British Army Parachute Display Team for an exceptional challenge! Do something incredible and freefall from 13,000 ft!
29 March London Landmarks Half Marathon
19 April Brighton Marathon
Run past London’s most iconic sites with a route lined with singers, dancers, and The Soldiers’ Charity’s very own Harry Potter cheering point, this one is not to be missed!
One of the UK’s favourite marathons - fast and scenic with the stunning backdrop of the sea in one of the country’s most vibrant cities. The race gets bigger and better every year!
Registration: £20 | Target: £350
Registration: £30 | Target: £500
11 October The Royal Parks Half Marathon
26 April Virgin Money London Marathon – SOLD OUT
This unmissable Half Marathon is one for the bucket list, taking in the spectacular sights of the capital and beautiful Royal Parks. Places get snapped up fast so join up now!
The most famous marathon in the world and a must-attend event. 2020 is already sold out, but register your interest for 2021 to be the first to hear when spaces are available.
Registration: £40 | Target: £450
Registration: £100 | Target: £2,000
Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury
Langar Airfield, Nottingham
10 September Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury Registration: £50 | Target: £500 For more information visit soldierscharity.org/extreme or email events@ soldierscharity.org or call 020 7901 8913
CYCLE 16 August Prudential Ride London – Surrey 100 A world-class festival of cycling. Challenge yourself on the 2012 Olympic Road Race course. Starting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and passing London’s best known landmarks, the route features the infamous Box Hill climb and ends on The Mall. An experience to remember. Registration: £30
We have dozens of fantastic running events you can take part in across the country. For more information visit soldierscharity.org/runs or email events@ soldierscharity.org or call 020 7901 8913
| Target: £600
For more information visit soldierscharity.org/ride-london email us at events@ soldierscharity.org or call 020 7901 8913
■ SID SALLIS
Corporal Sid Sallis, 96, is the last surviving Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) Air Despatcher to serve during the Battle of Arnhem in 1944. The battle was part of Operation Market Garden – the allied push into the German-occupied Netherlands – and would later be immortalised in Richard Attenborough’s 1977 film ‘A Bridge Too Far.’ The fighting around Arnhem was ferocious. Only the 2nd Parachute Battalion, under Lt Col John Frost, succeeded in their objective. For four days, those few hundred men held the bridge, reliant on parachute drops from Air Despatchers for food, water and ammunition. With them was 21-year-old Sid, who was attached to 1st Airborne Division 63 Squadron. Sid had joined the Army in 1942 as a driver. When an injury sustained in the boxing ring put him out of action for D-Day, Sid joined the 1st Airborne Division and on 20th September found himself flying over Arnhem dropping supplies to British troops on the ground. It was incredibly dangerous work. Sid remembers: “The Germans were all around us during the drop, and although we couldn’t see them, they could see us. We lost 19 men on the very first day.” Sid served a total of five years in the British Army, including a spell in a peace-keeping force in Palestine after the war, but it is his time in Arnhem that has stayed with him. Sid penned a poem, Arnhem about his experiences. He has since returned annually to Arnhem with his squadron.
When he needed to move into a care home in England following a period of ill health in 2015, Sid’s family sought help. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity were approached and and agreed to assist with his care home fees. Sid’s health and lucidity have improved markedly. Sid’s daughterin-law said: “We are really very grateful of the funding support that has been given; it has made a huge difference.”
Lee joined the Royal Artillery at 17 years old. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and again in 2012, serving a total of eight years and rising to the rank of Lance Bombardier. Then, aged 24, a back injury ended his Army career. For a fit young soldier, the news was devastating. Lee struggled with feelings of worthlessness and developed anxiety and depression. Eventually, he entered the Personal Recovery Unit (PRU) in Catterick and was assigned a Personal Recovery Officer (PRO) who helped to transform his outlook. With a wife and young child at home, Lee decided to use the skills he’d developed in the Army to start his own carpet-cleaning business. Lee named his business White Horse Cleaning Services after the Kilburn White Horse carved onto the hillside near Thirsk, North Yorkshire. The Soldiers’ Charity supported Lee with a grant towards his new venture, helping him to attend training courses in Leicester and to purchase specialist cleaning equipment. Several years on, Lee’s business is thriving. White Horse Cleaning Services now offers a full suite of domestic cleaning services, including private housekeeping and packages for commercial buildings and factories across North Yorkshire. He employs 28 staff and the business continues to grow. Lee sees his employees as part of the family, with the same brother and sisterhood he remembers from his Army days. In 2018, he was nominated for a Soldiering On award, which
recognises outstanding achievements by people, teams and businesses who work in support of the Armed Forces community. Lee reached the final four of the ‘Business of the Year – Scale Up’ award, competing against businesses with a turnover of £4 million. Over the next two years, Lee plans to double his team and further expand the business. His commitment to the Armed Forces remains a driving force behind White Horse Cleaning Services. Lee has received a Bronze Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme, and is close to launching a business franchise supporting military spouses.
WHO DOES T H E L U N C H S U P P O RT ?
T H U R S DAY 2ND APRIL 2020 GUILDHALL
From 2019 – 2021, the Lunch will focus the funds raised on a specific and worthwhile theme – employability. The Lunch will provide financial support for veterans to take part in a programme designed to help prepare them for employment. This will be in partnership with the King Edward VII Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health and their six month Pain Management Programme. The Lunch will fund, as part of The Soldiers’ Charity grant-giving, up to 18 veterans each year on this programme from 2019 – 2021. TICKET OPTIONS There are two ticket options available: ◆ Individual Tickets
SUPPORTING ALL MEMBERS OF HER MA JESTY ’S ARMED FORCES
£100 per person. Each ticket holder receives:
– All food (curry, desserts & chocolate)
– Unlimited drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee)
– Access to view and enjoy all of
Guildhall’s principal rooms and the capital’s only Roman Amphitheatre
◆ Corporate Ticket Packages
Entering its 13th year, the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch will be on Thursday 2nd April at London’s historic Guildhall. The Lunch demonstrates the City’s support for members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and veterans through the three National Service Charities; ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The Lunch is attended by influential leaders from the City, as well as senior officers of all three services, members of both Houses of Parliament and the Ministry of Defence ministerial team. It is a unique and memorable occasion and each year we also welcome a Royal Guest
of Honour, whom in the past has included HRH Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Sussex and HRH The Princess Royal. The relaxed, informal atmosphere allows guests to mingle and network freely whilst enjoying the delicious curry lunch and drinks. Throughout the day, guests are encouraged to enter the Prize Draw, bid on money-can’t-buy prizes in the Silent Auction and buy luxury items from the stalls run by the Livery Companies of the City of London. The 2019 Lunch raised a record £250,000 and saw us bypass the figure of £2 million raised since 2008. Our ambition for 2020 is to exceed the 2019 result and raise even more to support our Armed Forces.
Groups of 10 or more / from £1,000 (extra places at £100 per person). Our Corporate Packages can be tailored to your company’s needs and offer organisations: – Champagne on arrival
and access to a corporate reception area
– Increased brand awareness
– Client and staff engagement
– Enhanced networking opportunities – Access to view and enjoy all of
Guildhall’s principal rooms and the capital’s only Roman Amphitheatre
Book your tickets now or for more information visit soldierscharity.org/lordmayors or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7811 3202
Spinnaker Tower Abseil Not for the faint-hearted, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower soars 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, and is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben. Having established itself as a national icon, thrill-seekers can complete our abseil from a platform 100m up the side of the Tower, enjoying breath-taking views as they make their descent down this landmark building.
The Soldiers’ Charity Online Shop Boost your training and event performance with key items from our Active & Clothing Range. We are offering all FUNDRAISING ARMY members a fantastic 15% discount off every product in our online shop at soldierscharityshop.org. Simply enter the code ‘ARMY15’ at the checkout to take advantage of this exclusive offer on all our clothing, gifts, toys, cards and accessories!
12 September 2020, Portsmouth
Available in red. Unisex.
For more information contact southeast southeast@ @ soldierscharity.org or call 01276 412 673
More than an obstacle race! Experience a challenge like no other on a 10km military training obstacle course set over some of the most exciting terrain in Britain, whilst also raising money for soldiers, veterans and their families. An awesome muddy day out for teams and individuals looking for action. 9 May 2020. Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield SK11 9JY Registration: £30 Target: £150 For more information email
or call 01772 260 356
Available in navy.
Navy hooded top
Performance top. Unisex. Sizes S-XXL.
Navy blue / red lining. Unisex. Sizes XS - XXL
Our shop uses the trading subsidiary of the charity: Soldiers’ Trading Ltd. - Company no. 07243995 | VAT registration no. 125500944.
THE EARLY, EARLY
CHRISTMAS FAIR 2020 Enjoy a fantastic day out: shop, eat, relax and chat with friends & family. Find an inspiring assortment of original gifts and treats for everyone - from delicatessen food, fashion and cosmetics to imaginative and useful items for your home & garden; fresh ideas for men, women & children...you will be spoilt for choice.
Tuesday 29th September 2pm – 6pm Entry ticket: £5 .00
Evening Reception & Shopping 6.30pm – 9.30pm (ticket only)
£10.00 a head (Glass of champagne & shop) £20.00 a head (Glass of champagne, supper & shop)
Wednesday 30th September 9.30am – 4pm
Entry ticket: £5.00 (£3.50 after 2.30pm) Polo Ground | Tedworth Park | Tidworth | SP9 7AH
SHOP-EAT-CHAT...RAISE MONEY FOR ABF THE SOLDIERS’ CHARITY - A GREAT DAY OUT
Corporate Opportunities The Soldiers’ Charity events portfolio gives you and your company the opportunity to take advantage of a selection of sponsorship, corporate hospitality and employee engagement activities. These range from headline sponsor to local sponsor at the Cateran Yomp; or treating your clients to a corporate area with a complimentary glass of
champagne at The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch. Alternatively, if you and your colleagues prefer to rise to an outdoors challenge, enter a team of five to the Rifle Run and see how good your combined running and shooting skills are; or if you desire an adrenaline experience of a lifetime register for a skydive or marathon from our challenge events portfolio.
Team Package Benefits Become involved in one of our events to showcase values that translate across your business. For example, the Cateran Yomp has plenty of employee engagement opportunities including: ◆ ◆ ◆
PRUDENTIAL RIDE LONDON Since 2015 over 300 riders have taken part in the most iconic cycling festival in London for The Soldiers’ Charity!
To find out more please email
events@ events @soldierscharity.org
Choose from our full range of events including, Rifle Run, The Frontline Walk or the Cateran Yomp and show how your company can rise to a military challenge and demonstrate community spirit, whilst also benefiting from: ◆
Unique team building experience for employees to galvanise the workforce. ◆
CATERAN YOMP “The support package the Charity offered in 2019 helped more than 30 Oracle Yompers to take part… We could not have done this year’s Yomp without the Charity’s support - thank you!” Team Oracle
Be a part of an extensive eventrelated marketing and promotional campaign. ◆
Showcase products and services
Opportunities to showcase products and services, including event-wide sampling and promotion.
With the exception of a few core staff, our events are run nearly entirely by volunteers! We couldn’t run any of our events without them and really appreciate everyone turning out to support us. We are always looking for more keen volunteers to support our fundraising events and activities. You’ll gain new skills, meet interesting people and, most importantly of all, you’ll be helping us to raise vital funds to support our soldiers, veterans and their families. Here are a few of the ways you can get involved:
Promote Health & Fitness
Fun and challenging way to promote health and fitness in the outdoors within your company and further afield. ◆
We can create bespoke packages tailored to your individual needs; simply get in touch to discuss your requirements and we can outline the different options available.
Support the British Army
A chance to demonstrate your company’s commitment to supporting our soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need.
Team Work Determination Courage Camaraderie
Dress up as your favourite wizard and join the Fundraising Army at our Harry Potter themed cheering point at London Landmarks Half Marathon
Embrace the outdoors and come along to cheer on our Cateran Yompers across 54 miles of the incredible Perthshire landscape
Serve up curry to our Royal Guest at The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch
THE LORD MAYOR’S BIG CURRY LUNCH “AdvantageGo is a proud supporter of this unique and special event. Our guests were uniformly full of praise and we are excited to return in 2020, doubling our support!” Adrian Bastow, AdvantageGo
We have several roles available nationwide, so you can pick what suits you best.
Get in touch at email@example.com or call 020 7811 8964 or visit soldierscharity.org/events to find out more about volunteer opportunities.
Year Planner 2020 FEBRUARY 22
London Irish vs Gloucester Armed Forces Match, Madejski Stadium, Reading
Worcestershire Curry Lunch, Worcester
Shropshire Curry Lunch, Shrewsbury
Curry & Quiz Night, Colchester
Dinner Dance, Hilton Reading
London Landmarks Half Marathon, London *
02-03 Ultra Challenge Series, Isle of Wight 07
The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch, London
Rifle Run South, Buckinghamshire *
Adrenalin Shock , Richmond, North Yorkshire
Bungee Jump, Bray Lakes Windsor
Brighton Marathon *
Pamoja Hall Band Concert, Kent
Virgin London Marathon *
Langland Bay Golf Tournament, South Wales
Big Curry Cook Off, Manchester
Start of The Virtual Frontline Walk *
Clay Shoot, Nottinghamshire
Cardiff Half Marathon
Skydive with the Red Devils, Salisbury *
Great Scottish Run, Glasgow
Operation Bletchley finishes *
07-11 The Frontline Walk, ‘The Western Front’ *
VE Day 75th Anniversary Lunch, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
VE Day 75th Anniversary Dinner, Edinburgh
VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration, Milsom Hotel, Colchester
Born Survivor at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield VE Day 75th Anniversary Tea Dance, Colchester
23-24 Edinburgh Marathon Festival 28
Golf Competition, Edinburgh
Clay Shooting Competition, Leuchars, Fife
VE Day 75th Anniversary Concert, Theatre No8 Pershore, Worcestershire
Skydive with the Red Devils, Nottingham *
Royal Parks Half Marathon, London *
Shropshire Military Concert 2020, St Chad’s
Manchester Half Marathon
VE Day 75th Anniversary Ball, Swansea
Shrewsbury Half Marathon
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 *
Band Concert, Grantham
Annual Beating Retreat & Military Band Concert, Norfolk
Festival of Remembrance, Durham
Skydive with the Red Devils, Salisbury *
The Virtual Frontline Walk finishes *
Spinnaker Tower Abseil, Portsmouth
The Cateran Yomp, Perthshire *
Great North Run, Newcastle
Summer Reception, Lincolnshire
Race the Runway, Fife
Freefall with Skydive North West
Robin Hood Half Marathon, Nottingham
Frontline Walkers trek across Utah Beach in October 2019
Start of Operation Bletchley *
Stoke-on-Trent Military Tattoo, King’s Hall
29-30 The Early Early Christmas Fair, Tidworth 30-04 October The Frontline Walk, ‘The Normandy Beaches’ *
15-21 Sahara Desert Challenge, Morocco
Christmas Carols, Edinburgh
Christmas Concert, Colchester
The Army Carol Service, Royal Hospital Chelsea
* Fundraising Army Event. Events and dates are accurate at time of press. For more up to date information on events near you or nationally, contact your regional office (details overleaf) or Events HQ direct: Tel. 020 7811 3230 Email. events@ soldierscharity.org Web. soldierscharity.org/events
Head Office ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Mountbarrow House, 12 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RB T. 020 7901 8900 E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotland ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2YT T. 0131 310 5132 E. scotland@ scotland@ soldierscharity.org
North East ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Hipswell Lodge, Smuts Road, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire DL9 3AX T. 01748 874 127 E. northeast@ northeast@ soldierscharity.org
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Fulwood Barracks, Preston PR2 8AA T. 01772 260 356 E. northwest@ northwest@ soldierscharity.org
Northern Ireland ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Building 115, Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn BT28 3NP T. 02892 678 112 E. ni@ ni@ soldierscharity.org
West Midlands ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Building V5, Venning Barracks, Donnington, Telford, Shropshire TF2 8JT T. 01952 674 369 E. westmidlands@ westmidlands@ soldierscharity.org
Wales ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Maindy Barracks, Whitchurch Road, Cardiff CF14 CF14 3YE 3YE T. 02920 726 132 E. wales@ wales@ soldierscharity.org
East Midlands ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 5HA T. 01159 572 103 E. eastmidlands@ eastmidlands@ soldierscharity.org
East Anglia ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Building PO PO4, 4, Room 6, Merville Barracks, Circular Road South, Colchester, Essex CO2 7UT T. 01206 817 105 E. eastanglia@ eastanglia@ soldierscharity.org
London ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Block 7, Room (G39), Wellington Barracks, London SW1E 6HQ T. 020 3903 6030 E. london@ london@ soldierscharity.org
South East ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Robertson House Slim Road, Camberley Surrey, GU15 4NP T. 01276 412 673 E. southeast@ southeast@ soldierscharity.org
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Bldg 750, Picton Barracks, Bulford Camp, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 9NY T. 01980 672 337 (Bulford) T. 01392 496412 (Exeter) E. southwest@ southwest @ soldierscharity.org
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is a charity registered in England and Wales (1146420) and in Scotland (SC039189). Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (07974609).
Working in co-operation with our US counterparts The Soldiers Fund – which supports both US and UK Service Personnel.
There are thousands of events that you can take part in across the UK and we haven’t been able to include them all in this Events Guide. For further details on an event near you, please contact your local office. Visit soldierscharity.org/support-us to order your free fundraising pack, full of ideas and support, now!
Make 2020 the year you jump, trek or take on the incredible to support soldiers, veterans and their families.