Castle Raise Money for Armed Forces Charities9th July 2014
Last weekend Lancaster Castle played host to a number of activities in celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 28thJune. Organised by the Lancaster Military Heritage Group, the day saw events taking place throughout the city, with much of the focus set against the stunning backdrop of Lancaster Castle.
Activities included cadet displays, historic vehicles and equipment, living histories, talks and a high society jazz band.
Almost 1,000 people visited the castle, raising £903 for chosen charities, Combat Stress, the veteran mental health charity; and the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association (SSAFA) providing lifelong support for our forces and their families.
On Monday, Brian Jefferson, Treasurer of the Lancaster Military Heritage Group, met with Duchy of Lancaster Chief Finance Officer, Chris Adcock and Castle Events Manager Francesca Lewis, to receive the money.
Mr Jefferson expressed his delight following the event:
"As the first major event planned for Armed Forces Day we were delighted that so many partners joined the project and provided such a varied programme in the Castle. Full accounting is not yet complete but the event will have raised over £4,000 for Combat Stress and the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association. Both organisations carry out important work supporting veterans and their families after release from the Services and following the traumas of Operational tours of duty."