DecAid Newsletter 3

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcome to the DecAid Newsletter,

This year promises to be very busy and successful with lots of exciting events taking place alongside a range of new people stepping forward to show their support.  

We were honoured to announce in early January that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has become the Royal Patron of DecAid. Her support is greatly appreciated and we, like her, 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.”

A quick look back to the festive season where the DecAid Christmas Card appeal ended the year on a high. It was a great success and we raised a fantastic £1269.49, which has been donated in full to the three service charities we support. A huge thank you goes to Amy Greenhalgh who coordinated it all and to Telford Reprographics who printed 4000 of our cards almost free of charge. Their support has been amazing and they have just offered to print all of the invitations for the service at Salisbury Cathedral on the 2nd October 2011. 

The year ahead is jam packed full of fund-raising events. On the 23rd March DecAid’s Patron, General Sir Nick Parker, will be giving a talk in Exeter to raise money for the running of the DecAid events. General Parker is currently Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces following his post as Deputy Commander of ISAF in Afghanistan, where he served with General McChrystal and General Petraeus.  This talk promises to be fascinating and will take place on Exeter University Campus in the Peter Chalk Centre, Newman A Lecture theatre at 6.30pm. For tickets please visit or email   (see attached poster)

With our main events approaching fast, the last few weeks have been very busy pulling everything together.

The Munro Mission is receiving widespread recognition with messages of support coming from far and wide: Pete Goss, Bear Grylls, Michael Palin are to name but a few, as well as Sir Ranulph Fiennes who has said it is one of the hardest challenges in the UK. The full 1600 mile route is now online where you can sponsor each Munro for £150 in association with Nite Watches. Nine Munro’s out of the total of 283 have already been sponsored and we would like to thank the William Tracey Group who recently sponsored six.

The Massed Pipes and Drums to be held on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on the 26th June is getting noisier by the minute. We currently have around 450 pipers and drummers hoping to attend but we are still looking for lots more. If you know anyone in a pipe band please ask them to get in touch. The fair area behind Holyrood Palace will be host to a range of acts such as Clann An Drumma who will be drumming up support.

Property company CKD Galbraith has joined DecAid in supporting the forces on the 10th anniversary of the conflict in Afghanistan by donating 10 free holidays in cottages and castles throughout Scotland to members of the Armed Forces. These holidays, given away in association with Tickets for Troops, are greatly appreciated. On top of all that, CKD Galbraith have also kindly donated a £500 voucher towards a stay in one of their holiday homes which will be raffled at the Massed Pipes and Drums Event.

Back down South, the High Sheriff of Devon has organised a fund-raising evening on the 3rd March for the running of DecAid at Ugbrooke House in Devon. We are very grateful to Lord and Lady Clifford for allowing the drinks party to be held in their home and of course to the High Sheriff for kindly organising it all on DecAid’s behalf.

March will also see the launch of the Battle of the Bands Competition in association with Forth One radio station. Bands will compete against each other for a chance to perform on the national Armed Forces Day stage on 26th June which last year attracted 80,000 people.

Thank you again for your continued support.

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