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Generous public donate over £12,000 for Royal British Legion

Dec 03 at 9:58pm

Lt. Col. Simon Butt presents a cheque to Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Stevenson

The Gloucestershire public donated over £12 ,000 to Service charity at sports events that took place during the recent Remembrance Week.


With Army support from numerous units around the county, including the Support Battalion HQ ARRC (Allied Rapid Reaction Corps), the Royal Logistics Corps parachute display team , ‘The Silverstars’ from nearby South Cerney , and an Army recruiting team laying on some colourful entertainment, the Royal British Legion collected the generous sums at Cheltenham Race Course and Gloucester Rugby Stadium , Kingsholm, during the week.


At Kingsholm , Service fundraising took place at both the Combined Services versus Samoa and Gloucester versus Saracens matches , when Forces personnel pulled out all the stops to help entertain the spectators and collect maximum funds for Service charity. The final sum collected was £6563 , and Lieutenant Colonel Simon Butt , Commanding Officer , Support Battalion Headquarters ARRC , was delighted to present a giant cheque at the Stadium to Major General (Retired) Paul Stevenson , Royal British Legion County President (Designate).


The Cheltenham Race Course Remembrance Week event again showed the generosity of the Gloucestershire public , with over £6 ,230 being raised.  Lieutenant Colonel Butt was again pleased to hand over a bumper cheque , this time to the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire , Edward Gillespie.


Lieutenant Colonel Butt said: "These events were a fantastic opportunity for my Battalion to get out into the community and raise money for such a worthy cause during Remembrance Week. We were overwhelmed by the generosity and support we received. As a Battalion we have benefitted greatly from the support of the Royal British Legion , and we are planning  to organise a whole series of events next year to support the Legion in their 90th Year.”