Last year we hit quite the milestone, as the charity reached its one hundredth birthday. With a pandemic still gripping the world, we decided to postpone our celebrations until such a time when it was safe for us to come together and truly live the story of The Not Forgotten as the extended family we are. Luckily, and with meticulous planning, we were able to go ahead in October, and boy, was it worth the wait!
To be able to come together after so long apart was not only special for us all, but invaluable to those who have spent much of the past year isolated from the world outside. Danny House in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex was a beautiful setting for this to happen in, and to celebrate 100 years with the familiar faces who have been part of our journey was something we will never forget. The jaw-dropping Son et Lumiere was a definite highlight – to see the story from the very start all the way through to today projected onto the historic Danny House was not only touching, but so important for us as we plan for the next 100.
With dancing, singing and incredible food, it warmed us all to hear the sound of laughter and voices fill the air, and was an evening we will never forget.
Elsewhere, as part of our centenary, we started a fundraising challenge in which we aimed for as many people to fundraise or donate £100. The Centenary Challenge has been a huge success so far raising over £40,000 since it began in 2020. With December just around the corner, there is still time to get involved with the challenge and donate – every penny counts and allows us to continue providing entertainment and recreation to those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. Click here for more information.
To all of you who have been a part of The Not Forgotten journey over the past one hundred years, a personal thank you. Whether you have spent your time fundraising, or have come along to one of our events, or perhaps you have joined us on one of our many respite retreats. From those that perform their hearts out at every event we organise to our official sponsors who believe in us each step of the way, we want to take a moment to thank you personally – it is because of you that we have made it this far, and we will continue to do our best to ensure that no veteran is forgotten.
As our founder, Marta Cunningham once exclaimed – “as long as there are sufferers, so long will The Not Forgotten be needed”
Cheers to the next 100!