All please read - Fundraiser for Selley Oak

#1
The West Mids Police team who provide security for the CASEVAC flights coming in and out of Birmingham want to orgainise a serious fund-raiser to support not just Selley Oak, but as many Service charities as they can. Many of them have relatives or sons/daughters in the Forces, which is a big motivator for them.

The general idea is a "plane pull" along a stretch of tarmac followed by a relay stretcher race along the 14 miles to Selley Oak, each mile being done by teams from the Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Headley Court has already indicated that they could find four volunteers to start the relay and the idea would be to have the final mile completed by a sailor, soldier, airman and police officer.

The idea is to turn this into a national event and, for example, every UK Police Service, major football and rugby team and some well-known industries and pro-Forces TV personalities have been contacted for sponsporship.

I have the contact details of the Inspector who thought this up and is running with it.

Would any MODs reading this please pm me, I'll give you my work email and I'll then pass on the details and contact numbers I have so far.

You may also get this coming to you from Dozy Bint's direction, as I've already passed some stuff to her due to her involvment with the Gray's Lane campaign.

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#3
You mean like a bit of an Arrse Team. You might PM PTP as it is more his neck of the woods.
 
#5
Just spoken to Dozy Bint and the ARRSE Charity Team are on the case, or will be this evening!

Here's the text of the email that the West Mids Inspector is sending out:

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham

One of the saddest duties that we police officers here at Birmingham International Airport have to perform is policing the arrival of the medical evacuation flights from Afghanistan and Iraq. We have decided that we would like to do something to help those men and women who are injured in the course of their service for their country. We have, accordingly, been in touch with the officers in command of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, based at Selly Oak Hospital to see how we can help. They would like to develop their facilities by creating a restful garden area that would be of particular benefit to those soldiers who have to stay long-term, as well as the visiting families of all soldiers. We have also requested the military to prepare a list of all other items required to make the stay of soldiers and families as comfortable as possible. We have accordingly, committed ourselves to raising the money necessary to fulfil these projects. We have decided that all excess funds raised will be donated to a selection of Forces’ charities: the three Benevolent Funds, BLESMA and St Dunstan’s, for example.

We plan to raise this money on 15 March 2008, by pulling a plane across the apron of the Elmdon terminal of Birmingham International Airport. We have secured a plane for this purpose from Flybe. We will then recreate the journey of the wounded from the airport to the RCDM at Selly Oak, by carrying a stretcher and ‘patient’, a journey of 14 miles.

It has been decided that, to demonstrate the true variety of support for this venture, members of the three services will be joining us, members of the Airport Fire Service and the Ambulance Service will also be invited.

I would be very pleased if your organisation felt that it was able to support us in this charitable, non-political, venture to recognise our debt to these young men and women. If you are, would you please make any cheque payable to the ‘Airport Police Charity Fund’?

I thank you in advance for your support. Unless you request otherwise, please understand that I will not be issuing a receipt, so as to reduce our costs to a minimum. If you would like a receipt please consider providing an e-mail address.
I spoke to the guy yesterday and they're already getting some good response to this. They want to make it "National News", as they want to get the message out to all who are serving that there are members of the Great British Public that do care about the Armed Forces. My own feeling is that this would be a good way of showing that sentiment - as opposed to waving flags and tying ribbons round trees (not that there's anything wrong with that, either! :wink: ).
 

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