In 2019, we celebrated 100 years of caring for disabled veterans. We had much to celebrate and what a fun and successful year it was. We started our celebrations by producing our centenary video with veterans, staff and volunteers in true celebration mode. To see this, go to You Tube (search Care for Veterans) or see our website.
We held special centenary events and our Centenary Auction, held at Bellmans Auctioneers, saw Philip Belcher auctioning special and money-can’t-buy items kindly donated by supporters, businesses and celebrities, raising £16,500. In September, our Golf Day was such a success that we shall be holding another one at Ham Manor Golf Club on September 9th this year. The Duke of Norfolk kindly donated Arundel Castle for an evening where we celebrated the last 100 years in music, poetry and prose, with help from actors Christopher Timothy, James Bolam and Susan Jameson and TV presenters Tim Wonnacott and Nicholas Witchell. This amazing evening, in stunning surroundings, was a wonderful way to close our centenary year.
We were visited by the Duke of Richmond who then made us the charity to benefit from the 2019 Goodwood Revival. Not only was it fantastic to be associated with such an amazing event, but we also raised £60,000. Our heartfelt thanks to The Duke, event organisers and all who volunteered and made this possible.
We shared our centenary with companies who were also celebrating 100 years. Draper Tools near Southampton joined our celebrations, raising £15,422 and three of our veterans were guests of honour at their centenary birthday party. Westfield Health in Sheffield also embraced Care for Veterans when they celebrated their 100 years, donating an amazing £20,000 and The Edward Gostling Foundation kindly donated an extra £10,000. BAE Systems at Rochester also continued their generous support donating £10,000 and Lancing Business Park continued its support with Fizz Creations leading the way with their ever-popular Fizz Quiz event.
Our Heroic One Hundred Worthing 10K running team did us proud on a very hot day and two of our veterans, Tony and Steve, also participated in their wheelchairs, cheered on by the crowds of supporters. The Sussex Masonic Charitable Foundation donated an amazing £58,593 to our LED lighting and lift refurbishment projects, and a special thanks to all those who contributed to these very important initiatives, as well as our solar panels project, which is now saving us money on energy costs every single month. Thanks also to Adur & Worthing Business Awards, Sussex Life and Worthing Beer Festival for their support during our special year. Finally, on 9th July, our official birthday, our veterans, their family members, staff and volunteers were treated to a special birthday party. The sun shone, music played and everyone ate the tastiest ice cream served from a vintage ice cream van.< Back to News