Help for Heroes has agreed grant funding to support the work of The Guards Museum Trust. The Museum exists to tell the story of the development of the five Regiments of Her Majesty’s Foot Guards. It collects and preserves artefacts that represent these Regiments rich history since 1642 to the present day. The Trust is currently constructing ‘The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden’ at the Museum to commemorate the 4,096 soldiers of the Guards regiments who died in the trenches in the Great War. The new garden represents a unique opportunity not only to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War butit also gives the people of Belgium an opportunity to thanks the Guards regiments for liberating their country.
This £700,000 project is being carried out by The Guards Museum in conjunction with Flanders House in London, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain. Construction of the project is well underway and has involved collecting soil from the Flanders Fields battlefield cemeteries in ceremonies of remembrance and laying the soil in the circular bed in the newly constructed garden. The grant request to Help for Heroes of up to £40,000 will fund an important part of this Memorial Garden project. Funding will be used to support the construction of a disabled access ramp to enable access for Wounded, Injured or Sick Servicemen, Women and Veterans to the Memorial Garden and to The Guards Museum and The Guards Chapel (this represents the only Military Chapel left in London).
To read more about the work of the Trust, visit their website at: http://www.theguardsmuseum.com/ .