Flags Of Thanks Update
We wanted to take a moment to update you on the incredible Flags for Thanks project that so many of our wonderful supporters took part in this summer. Your hard work resulted in an exhibition that thousands of people came to and Flags which are not only beautiful and emotive but that are providing help to hundreds of vulnerable Veterans in our care. Here is the story so far.....
At the beginning of 2019, we teamed up with the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee Finalist, Lt. Col. Neil Stace (AKA The Sewing Soldier), to announce the launch of the ‘Flags of Thanks’ .This collaborative art project became a key feature of the 2019 National Armed Forces Day celebrations in Salisbury this year.
Sewers and quilters from across the country sent in hand crafted ‘Flags’ to Alabaré to say Thank You to the Armed Forces, past and present, for all they do. The response was phenomenal! We received almost 1000 flags from sewing groups, schools, workshops, and family members expressing personal thanks to individuals. We had contributions from people aged 3 to 90, from Jersey to Gibraltar, including personal stories of triumph and tragedy. There were cap badges, maps, messages of support, tanks, spitfires, poppies, parachutes, padres, and even a Father Christmas!
All were displayed in a public exhibition during June, in the City’s oldest Church, St Thomas’s. Flags hung from the pillars, windowsills, choir stalls, screens and down the nave of the church. The result was stunning. During the week that our Flags of Thanks exhibition was on show at St Thomas's Church in Salisbury, over 5,000 people visited, some travelling considerable distances, and currently over £6,000 has been donated to our Homes for Veterans work
Each flag from this moving tribute is now going on to be made into quilts for Alabaré’s Veterans by Lt Col Neil Stace. Below are examples of the messages that accompanied the flags;
“It has been a privilege supporting Alabaré in this project, and hope comfort and pleasure is gained to the Veterans who receive a quilt. My thanks is to them for bravery and courage.”
Mrs Slaughter from Basingstoke (Flag 619)
“Wanting to remember and say thank you to all those who served in the Armed Forces, whether frontline or support. Whilst making it my thoughts turned to how much they and their families sacrifice on a daily basis, both during and after service. They are amazing and I am humbled by what they do for me and my family”
Christine from Woking (Flag 349)
Thank you so much for all your incredible efforts.
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Flags of Thanks on show at St Thomas's Church in Salisbury during National Armed Forces Week 2019
Lt. Col. Neil Stace at the Flags of Thanks exhibition
Some of the pillar and panel displays at the Flags of Thanks exhibition
Flags of Thanks exhibition was popular with visitors
Guests flocked to the Flags of Thanks preview evening
A beautiful selection of Flags of Thanks in a quiet window at St Thomas's Church in Salisbury