Bomber Command memorial trustees face ruin

#1
War veterans face paying £700,000 out of their own pockets to unveil the Bomber Command Memorial because the Government is refusing to stump up the cash.


The pensioners, who are trustees of the Bomber Command Association, will be personally liable for the cost of staging the event if they fail to raise the money through donations.


The charity has spent five years raising £6.5million to build the new memorial.


Earlier this month, David Cameron gave the trustees hope when he told MPs the Government had ‘the ability to intervene’ if funds were not raised in time.


But now the trustees, who include four Bomber Command veterans, have been told the Ministry of Defence will not help.


The MOD claim it is not allowed to give to charities, despite records showing it has donated to 28 charitable bodies in the past five years.

War veterans face ruin | British Forces News
 
#3
Nearly 3/4 of a million quid just for the unveiling ceremony ? It staggers me how much things can cost in this country. Hope they find some way of covering the cost, maybe they should`ve charged all the hangers on a ticket price ?
 
#4
Disgusting. £700,000 is a lot of money to most people. Compared to the Billions the government spunks up the wall, it's small change.

I sincerely hope they manage to raise the funds. Anyone have a link to where donations can be made?
 
#5
Trustees are always theoretically personally liable but this tends not to be rigidly enforced by the Charities Commission.

If the event cost £.7m, who were the creditors?
 
#6
Trustees are always theoretically personally liable but this tends not to be rigidly enforced by the Charities Commission.

If the event cost £.7m, who were the creditors?
IIRC the event was within the Royal Parks, and currently there is only one company licensed to sell services within those parks, Seating, Toilets, Marquee Hire, staging and all ancilliary items. In short a monopoly. It was not helped by the MOD reneging on an offer to assist in paying for the opening ceremony....

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond accused of hypocrisy over Bomber Command Memorial - Telegraph
 
#7
IIRC the event was within the Royal Parks, and currently there is only one company licensed to sell services within those parks, Seating, Toilets, Marquee Hire, staging and all ancilliary items. In short a monopoly. It was not helped by the MOD reneging on an offer to assist in paying for the opening ceremony....

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond accused of hypocrisy over Bomber Command Memorial - Telegraph
That won't last, the MOD is playing roulette hoping the wealthy backers of the memorial itself will cough up. Still pretty dishonourable of Hammond - shows his character was formed in the world of business and profit.
 
#8
The H word again, like a bad smell you can't get rid of!

As above anyone know where donations can be made?
 
#10
It's the usual thing - unless there's a photo op they aren't interested, even though HM attended it wasn't classed as an official Govt do so no spndooks!
 
#11
Thanks for the link. Dropped them something toward outstanding amount.

The total cost, according to their web site, is close to £6 million so they've raised a heck of a lot already.

I'm disappointed at the lack of Heritage Lottery Money and I would be surprised if MoD coughed up toward this.
 
#14
If only it had been a memorial to the Afghans, and other ethnic minorities who did so much for so little thanks, I'm sure the lottery fund could have helped out.

How much are the taxpayers giving Seb Coe and Boyle (a dodgy legal firm, or embarrassing social disease if ever there was one) to open the crappy olympics?
 
#15
Earlier this month, David Cameron gave the trustees hope when he told MPs the Government had ‘the ability to intervene’ if funds were not raised in time.
Weasel words, chosen carefully I'm sure. Having the "ability to intervene" does not mean there is any intention to intervene.
 

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LE
Book Reviewer
#16
why the cost for a big ceremony if they knew it was costing so much then just have something simpler.

Did they have to buy their own flypast?
 
#18
why the cost for a big ceremony if they knew it was costing so much then just have something simpler.

Did they have to buy their own flypast?
With respect, I venture to suggest that is not the issue here. Bomber Command had one of the highest casualty rates of the Second World War: of the 110, 000 men who served, almost half were killed in action. After the war, they were treated like pariahs, denied their own campaign medal and received no recognition from Churchill for their service. While the "Few" who fought in the Battle of Britain were, quite rightly, regarded as heroes, Bomber Command was quietly ignored. In spite of the fact that Bomber Command lost more men in a single raid than Fighter Command did in the four months of the Battle of Britain.

The memorial is long overdue and frankly, they should not have had to settle for a cheaper option. Especially not while the gub'mint is pissing Billions up the wall putting on the Olympics.:roll:

£700,000? The Olympic Torch bullshit - which was thought up by the Nazis for the '36 Games! - probably cost more.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#19
while I agree that it was long overdue and the gubmint should have paid I question the bill which implies they paid for police, seating, flypast, the queen, entourage speshul forces and a million poppy petals.
 
#20
.The memorial is long overdue and frankly, they should not have had to settle for a cheaper option. Especially not while the gub'mint is pissing Billions up the wall putting on the Olympics.:roll:
No they shouldn't have to settle for a cheaper option, but cheap or expensive, the veterans associations shouldn't pay. Or we'll bill the Churchill family for Winton's state funeral and pay for it out of that.
 

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