General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, President of Help for Heroes, hosted a special fundraising event at the Tower of London last week in support of Help for Heroes (H4H). Lord Dannatt was appointed as Constable of the Tower of London in 2011 and wanted to use his final fundraising event at the Tower for H4H, of which he is a Founder Patron. The evening was a spectacular success and raised over £300k to support our Heroes.
Lord Dannatt said, “Recovery for those wounded, injured or sick during their service in the Armed Forces is a long and complex journey that is ever-changing. There is no single or simple solution to the challenges they face but Help for Heroes has never faltered from its objective – to support these people in rebuilding their lives despite devastating setbacks. It was a privilege to hold this event and I’d like to thank everyone who attended for their support and hope you had a memorable evening. The money you raised will make a difference to the lives of many brave Servicemen and women and the families who support them.”
Invited guests enjoyed exclusive access to the historic Royal Palace for a spectacular evening that combined regimental pageantry and modern spectacle. The evening began with a drinks reception and visits to see the Crown Jewels with the historic Yeoman Warders, famously known as ‘Beefeaters’, entertaining guests with tales of intrigue from inside the walls! Against the backdrop of The White Tower, guests were entertained by the Band of the Gurkha Brigade, the Tenors Encore and the amazing Escala before enjoying a sumptuous gala dinner in The New Armouries.
The charity auction included some very special items, including bespoke framed, ceramic poppies from the iconic ‘Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red’ installation at the Tower of London, which marked the centenary of the start of the First World War, and which raised £1,000 each. A bid of £11,000 won a private flight in Bremont’s very own Broussard, a 1950s French Air Force aircraft, piloted by Nick English, Co-Founder of Bremont, and a Bremont SOLO/CR watch. There was fierce bidding for a limited edition copy of a Special Air Service WW2 Diary, eventually going for £21,000; while a day’s clay shooting and lunch donated by E.J. Churchill raised £16,000.
The evening was sponsored and supported by Rathbones and Paysafe. Philip Howell, Rathbones’ CEO, said ‘Our military personnel are there for the country in its time of need, and it is only right that we look after and support them in theirs. We are proud to have this opportunity to partner with Help for Heroes and support our Servicemen and women, and their families have a stronger and brighter future.’
Joel Leonoff, Paysafe President and Chief Executive Officer added, “We are inspired by the remarkable individuals who have made huge sacrifices for their nation and are on a journey marked by courage to overcome injuries sustained in service. We are honoured to support Help for Heroes.”