The aim of the Appeal is to give enduring support to Light Dragoons wounded on operations or in regimental service, to their families, and to the families of those killed on duty.
I have succeeded Andrew Stewart as Colonel of The Light Dragoons; as such I am responsible for the management of our Appeal funds, and the giving of those funds to those of our soldiers and their families in need.
It has been a wonderful surprise for me, on taking over, to see the extent of generosity by so many, not just in donating money, but also in giving both time and effort to organise numerous events so that money might be raised - and it has been!
£970,842 raised and
£12,354 pledged as from
1st December 2013
The Light Dragoons Colonel's Appeal Fund is centrally controlled and held within the Light Dragoons Charitable Fund.
Registered charity No. 1041982.
My predecessor started this Appeal, and Andrew thought it right to bring the Appeal to a formal close as he prepared to hand over to me. Yet just two months on and people continue to be generous. We are now very close indeed to the Regimentís original target of £1 million. It seems to me, with our end goal in sight, that we must indeed drive oní; to this end the Appeal remains Ďopení and I encourage everyone to continue to support it. There are, I know, quite a few events planned already for the remainder of this year.
We continue to provide for those who need our support. Almost £62,000 has been spent thus far to assist our soldiers and their families. It is not a flood of expenditure as I know some thought it would be; but it is what is needed, no more no less. As we move forward I foresee a continual flow of support by us to those who have been injured, and their closest families, and also to the close families of those who have been killed in action. In this respect we are committed to an enduring long term engagement, and thus to have raised such significant sums of money and be able to support our people in perpetuity is very special indeed.
It merely remains for me to thank everyone for their kindness, and to thank in particular Andrew Stewart for inspiring us all. And to encourage everyone who knows of The Light Dragoons to remain a part of us and continue to provide your support.