£40,000 still needed for Armed Forces Day

A Spitfire flies over a previous Armed Forces Day at Aylesbury Rugby Club
A Spitfire flies over a previous Armed Forces Day at Aylesbury Rugby Club

Organisers of this year’s Bucks and Milton Keynes’ Armed Forces Day have just three months to raise the other half of the £80,000 sponsorship needed to put on the event.

It is hoped the popular event, which was first held back in 2009, will attract more than 10,000 people to the Aylesbury Rugby Club in Weston Turville on Saturday, June 27.

Bucks Lieutenancy has teamed up with the county council and the Royal British Legion to encourage local businesses to put their hands in their pockets to sponsor the day.

A spokesman for Bucks County Council said: “We have £40,000 in sponsorship donations so far and need to reach around £80k in total to run a successful event, so we are half way there.

“In addition, we have received £4,000 worth of gifts from St Joseph’s Ambulance, Mix 96 and Bucks Fire & Rescue to name a few.

“Money from the donations received covers free military and armed forces tickets for 5,000 personnel and also goes towards subsidising rides and activities on the day.”

The event sees a range of family-friendly attractions all aimed at recognising the role played by the British 
military.

Its planning comes at the same time as the sad passing of Raymond ‘Tich’ Rayner on April 2, as the former soldier was a staunch supporter of the event.

Call 01494 732183 or email bucksccevents@buckscc.gov.uk to discuss sponsorship.