Wiltshire Ambassadors Event Raises Over £3,000
‘Disaster in the Caribbean’ a fundraising event held by Alabaré’s ambassadors helped to raise over £3,000 for our Homes for Veterans service.
The evening at St. Francis’ Church Salisbury, saw a captivating talk by Lt Col Paul Maynard MA BSc RM of 40 commando Royal Marines, who led the humanitarian relief mission across the Caribbean in the wake of hurricanes Maria, Jose and Irma.
Lt Col Maynard’s speech detailed how he assumed command of 40 Commando Royal Marines in March 2017. In September 2017, at just 12 hours’ notice, 40 Commando and Royal Engineers from 24 Commando Regiment were deployed to prepare and repair the British Virgin Islands from the effects of Hurricane Maria.
Chairman of Wiltshire Alabaré Ambassadors, Commodore Richard Lord CBE said;
“We are delighted with how the evening turned out. As a result of the costs being kept low through excellent support and donations over £3,000 had been raised. The presentation by Lt Col Paul Maynard MBE was very well received and the role played by the Royal Marines in Hurricane Irma in the West Indies last year received huge praise. In addition, the fantastic work carried out by Alabaré was most favourably commented on. St Francis Church proved to be an ideal venue and it is planned to use their excellent facilities again. In addition, the Salisbury Sea Cadets and RM Cadets made a major contribution to the evening. Their turnout was immaculate, their bearing outstanding and interaction with the guests a delight to watch. They could not have been more helpful: Assisting first in setting up; then manning the entrance and welcoming; helping with the reception food and the raffle and then clearing up! We were very proud to have their assistance. They were most positively commented on by those there.”
The funds raised will all go towards Alabaré’s Wiltshire Homes for Veterans. We are the biggest provider of temporary accommodation and support for veterans in Wiltshire who are homeless or in danger of becoming so.
Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans provides dedicated services to ex-service personnel right across the South West as well as in to Wales and can provide support for over 120 veterans on any given night.
Image courtesy of M Presley.