From the moment it was launched shortly before Remembrance Sunday 2010, the Armed Forces Fund has resonated powerfully with everyone. For generations, we have all admired the dedication and selflessness of British troops fighting for our country and been in awe of the bravery they show in battle and their willingness, if necessary, to pay the ultimate sacrifice.
The deaths in Afghanistan of two Old Radleians, Rupert Thorneloe and Dougie Dalzell, and the extraordinary examples of bravery shown by Harry Parker, Rowley Gregg and others, brought the tragic consequences of such selflessness home to all of us in a terribly real and humbling way.
From this came a determination to do as much as we can to offer hope for the future to the many families who have suffered devastating personal tragedy through loss or serious injury of a loved one fighting our wars. With this in mind, the AFF was created to provide an opportunity for the children of these families to be given a first-class education at one of our three schools, which would otherwise not have been available to them.
However, we have more applicants for bursaries that the fund can currently provide and we need at least £2 million. We hope that many friends and families within the three Schools’ communities will join us for a fabulous evening at the Silver Ball 2014 and help us bridge the gap.
A full list of the Auction Prizes donated for the evening, is available here.
Print for the Silver Ball is kindly sponsored by Savills (UK) Ltd.
Website for the Silver Ball is kindly sponsored by Electric Studio.