Prime Minister Backs DecAid Campaign

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has declared that “he cannot think of a more important cause” than the DecAid campaign which is set to raise over £350,000 for those affected by the war in Afghanistan. An ambitious team of students from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth lead the ‘DecAid’ campaign, which will honour the decade long contribution of British Armed Forces in Afghanistan since 2001. 

Mr Cameron announced in a recent letter that he is “delighted to pay tribute to the excellent initiative and very much hope[s] that DecAid will be the outstanding success that it deserves to be.”

The DecAid campaign, which was officially launched earlier this month in London and Exeter is set to dominate 2011 in a coordinated year-long campaign. 

The appeal has organised a series of extreme physical challenges and memorial ceremonies which will involve several thousand people nationally, including ex-servicemen, their families and friends.

The DecAid enterprise will donate to three service charities:

 ‘Soldiers, Sailors, Airmens and Families Association’ (SSAFA),

‘The British Limbless Ex-Servicemen Association’ (BLESMA), and

‘Talking  2 Minds’, 

As well as its own proceedings, DecAid will oversee individually organised events which can be advertised on their website www.decaid.co.uk. All of the money raised will go towards helping those affected by the decade long conflict in Afghanistan.

As Mr Cameron emphasised; “It is so important that, as a country, we fully recognise what our soldiers, sailors and airmen do on our behalf, the service they give to our country and the immense sacrifices they make every day of the week.”

DecAid’s most recent initiative, a Christmas card competition to recognise the 10th Christmas in Afghanistan, received entries from all over the country. The winning Christmas cards, chosen by DecAid’s patron, Hamish Clark, will be on sale on the DecAid website next week. 

Letter from David Cameron

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