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Event: Plymouth Armed Forces Day
Location: Plymouth

The weekend started on Friday 29th - the NGVFA were invited to the Seafarers UK Armed Forces Day civic reception held at the Plymouth Guildhall. Those present were HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex, senior civic, naval and military guests. The NGVFA had the opportunity to talk to HRH and explain what the NGVFA was all about.

The Saturday's event was the official Armed Forces Day and we were situated in the main veteran's village along with seventy-four other organisations.

The attendees for the NGVFA that day were Tam & Jenny Edmondson, Martin Jones and Ian Syddall. Phil & Cynthia McAllister arrived to give some moral support.

This was a fantastic opportunity to advertise the NGVFA and what services we provide because on this occasion we, along with the other organisations, were not allowed to fundraise so we did not take any NGVFA products to sell.

However, outside of the veterans village you were allowed to roam and collect donations, so Jenny walked around the event rattling a bucket - what a way to spend your birthday! Phil stayed for the day and in-between looking around the whole event he also went round with a bucket... thanks to Cynthia for being so understanding, hope the gin and tonics helped.

Considering it was a non-fundraising event on the day we raised 421.55 in donations, brilliant!

The crowds were fantastic and kept Tam, Martin and Ian busy all day with interest and lots of varied questions from veterans and the public.

During the morning of the event HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex walked round and spoke to charities and organisations that he had not met the night before.

To everyone involved well DONE!

HRH Prince Edward Earl of Wessex
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Martin, Tam & Ian
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Phil, Jenny & Martin
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Jenny (the birthday girl) after her fundraising
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