2013 has been another great year for SOS and Glenn and myself are very lucky that we have loads of  support from our local community.  Our fundraising started early March when we had a Race Night at our local pub.   Easter weekend we were at a 3 day fundraiser organised by The XXXX Crew Motorcycle Club in Blyth.   Around 30 bands gave their time for free to raise money for SOS and again local businesses donated prizes for the raffle.  The TA also attended and brought various military vehicles for display which kept the children – and their Dad`s – interested for ages despite the bitterly cold weather.  Most of the bikers camp all weekend but luckily we live locally so no tent for us thank goodness.    Again, the support was amazing and we raised a fabulous amount for SOS.   Thank you to everyone and we`re looking forward to this year`s event.


One of the highlights of the year for us has to be the ACM weekend in early June which was held at DMS Whittington and organised by Agnes and Lt. Col. Ian Harper to celebrate 10 years of Service to the Armed Forces.   We were made to feel very welcome by everyone and were looked after so well.  We had a beautiful service in The Garrison Church of St. George, a huge thank you to everyone who took part and raised funds on the Walk to Recovery from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to the barracks, a delicious hog roast, beer tent (which was very well attended) a raffle and tombola.  A brass band kept us entertained, the sun shone, Coco our mascot also came and was a huge hit with the children and adults alike,  and to close the weekend the RAF Falcons display team parachuted into the barracks at  6 o`clock which was a spectacular sight.  It was definitely the best ACM so far.


On the 23rd June, with the help of Lynn, Leeds and our Merchandise Co-ordinator Ryan, who brought a van full of SOS merchandise down for us from Cumbria, we attended Armed Forces Day at Bent`s Park in South Shields organised by the Badlanders MCC.   The weather was kind to us in the morning but the afternoon saw torrential rain, thunder and lightning.   It didn’t dampen anyone`s spirits though as they turned out in their hundreds.   The Badlanders presented us with a cheque for £5046.00 and the sales of our merchandise were the best ever.   We`re looking forward to attending this year and fingers crossed for sunshine and blue skies!


We organise several fundraisers throughout the year, Fancy Dress nights, Race Nights, Halloween Parties, Raffles and Tombola’s, in order to raise awareness and funds for our Armed Forces which ensure that we can send our allocation of boxes off to Afghan every month.    We appreciate the support from everyone and especially several kind ladies who have helped us over the past 5 years who organise regular donations of goodies to fill boxes, knit dozens and dozens of Easter Chicks and make cool ties for us.  Without the generosity and help of these lovely people we wouldn’t be able to do what we do for SOS.   So  thank you to you all.


Before we knew where we were it was September and our Christmas Appeal launched and chaos reigned as usual until November!.     Once again, we had regular contacts who registered  to show their support with boxes, fillers and donations and as usual we have made some new friends and supporters.  We found it a little harder than usual this year as we had a wider area to cover, but we got there in the end and our Christmas boxes were collected on the 30th November and sent off to our lads and lasses.    We know how much it means to our troops to receive a box from people back home and the thank you letters have already started to come in.   Glenn and I would like to say a huge thank you to our family and friends, Agnes and the Team at SOS who are all dedicated to the work SOS does for our troops in theatre and also our troops at home.  We`re proud to be part of it and to know we put smiles on the faces of those brave lads and lasses on deployment and away from their family and friends makes all the hard work worthwhile.  We`re looking forward to another year supporting our Forces wherever they are.


Glenn & Elaine

Morpeth & Northumberland Area


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