The DecAid Patrons

Royal Patron

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

DecAid Royal Patron

"I am delighted to be supporting DecAid by becoming their Royal Patron. As Royal Colonel of the 4th Battalion The Rifles, I have heard a great deal from service personnel and their families about what they have been through in Afghanistan over the past ten years and I am constantly astounded by their utter dedication and sheer resilience.  I am also only too well aware of the huge sacrifices which have been made by servicemen and women on our behalf.

The DecAid team is made up of current and former members of Exeter University Officer Training Corps, which has close links with The Rifles.  This marvellous project undertaken by these committed young people, is a great way of showing the appreciation that we all feel for the inspiring and courageous work of our armed forces, many of whom are also very young. 

I hope that the exciting fund-raising events being organised by DecAid during 2011 will encourage more young people to show their support, as well as making a contribution to three deserving service charities. I wish the team that are organising this inspired initiative every success for the year ahead."


General Sir Nick Parker, KCB, CBE
Commander-in-Chief Land Forces

Lieutenant General Nick Parker

General Sir Nick Parker was commissioned in 1973. After early service in the Infantry he commanded the 2nd Battalion the Royal Green Jackets from 1994-1995.His staff training includes the Army Staff Course in 1986 and the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1996. He has held two staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence. He commanded 20th Armoured Brigade from 1997 to 1999, this included some time in Bosnia, and he was GOC 2nd Division and Governor of Edinburgh Castle from 2002-2004. He has been both the Deputy Commandant (1999-2001) and the Commandant of the Joint Staff College (2004-2005).

Recent operational tours include the commander of UK Joint Task Force and advisor to the President of Sierra Leone in 2001 and Deputy Commanding General (UK) Multi-National Corps Iraq from August 2005 to February 2006. He took over as GOC Northern Ireland in July 2006, UK Commander Regional Forces in August 2007 and took over as Deputy Commander ISAF in November 2009. General Parker returned from his position as Deputy Commander of ISAF Forces in Afghanistan in October 2010 to take up his new position as Commander-in-Chief Land Forces.

He is married to Beccy and has two sons, his interests include fishing and Coronation Street.

General Parker is honoured to be a Patron for DecAid, his recent service in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan have given him first hand experience of the commitment of British servicemen and women and the need to provide extensive and lasting support to those who are affected by conflict.

Hamish Clark
Best known for starring in BBC drama 'Monarch of the Glen' 

Hamish Clark

"DecAid is a very exciting project that I look forward to being involved with. The young, enthusiastic team promises to generate a lot of support for our Armed Forces through the running of these events."

Eric Dancer, CBE, JP, HM
Lord-Lieutenant of Devon

Lord Lieutenant of Devon Sir Eric Dancer, DecAid Patron"Over many years I have been very impressed by the achievements of the Exeter University Officers Training Corps so when I learned of their latest initiative to raise money through their DecAid Project I felt I just had to add my support. This initiative by young people to raise money through young people, to assist those injured whilst serving in Afghanistan during the last 10 years deserves every success. It is an example of how caring our young people are for those who have suffered whilst serving our country."

Martin Bell, OBE
Former television war correspondent and independent politician 

Martin Bell - DecAid Patron

"I find it most heartening that these young people, on their own initiative, are doing so much to support our soldiers in Afghanistan. This is not a celebration but a show of solidarity. DecAid deserves to succeed." 

Simon Hollington
Leadership Coach and former Royal Marine

Simon HollingtonSimon is a founding director of Leading Edge Personal Development Ltd ( and has had a long and enduring interest in leadership and leadership development.  Following a career in the Royal Marines he obtained an MA in Leadership (his thesis was on High Performance Teamwork) from the University of Exeter. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring from Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring, and is a Practitioner of NLP, Time Line and Hypnotherapy. He is also an Affiliate of the Centre for Leadership Studies at Exeter University and lectures at Plymouth University, Exeter University and Carnegie College. He is a prolific writer and has his own blog on current leadership matters (

"I am delighted to be a Patron of DecAid. While Afghanistan is regularly in the news, sadly it is the casualties of that conflict that hit the headlines. The support that SSAFA, BLESMA and Talking2Minds provides long after the headlines have faded is vital for the long term support and rehabilitation of those touched by the conflict. DecAid is a fantastic challenge, a great opportunity for those directly involved, and will provide an enduring legacy."



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