Help Felix Fund raise £20,000 by saving an archive of eyewitness accounts from the Battle of the Somme

british soldiers in first world war trenches 2016 marks the centenary of the first Battle of the Somme, which lasted five months and resulted in over 400,000 British casualties. A large archive of eyewitness accounts has been rescued and the current owner wishes to donate them to the Imperial War Museum. The sum of £20,000 is required, with the money going to Felix Fund – the bomb disposal charity. There is no public funding available and the current owner very much wants Felix Fund to benefit, so has decided not to donate the papers directly to the museum.

Many will benefit from this campaign – a unique archive will be saved for the nation and a large sum will be made available to help those in the bomb disposal community.

Visit our Just Giving page to make your donation.

Felix Fund team cycles from John O’Groats to Land’s End

cycling team

The Felix Fund peloton setting off from Chapel Town, Cornwal, sporting their Felix Fund strip

Eight members of the Rolling Felix team took part in a non-stop cycle ride from one end of the country to the other in July to raise funds for Felix Fund and more than doubled their goal.

Col Matthews, Assistant Director, Defence EOD & Search, set a challenge to cycle non-stop from John O’Groats to Land’s End over a period of three days in order to raise £1000.

The team faced the great British summer, with strong winds and rain from the start and during the end of second and third legs, but by the end the weather had improved, so the final ride to Lands End was a slightly more pleasant experience.

Despite the weather, and aside from a few navigational deviations (some forced and some in error), the team completing 200 miles in each 12-hour leg, achieving an average speed of over16mph. There was not much time between legs, and there was some overnight cycling!   A total of £2500 was raised. Congratulations to all who took part and thank you to those who sponsored the cyclists.

Fantastic turn-out for the Daniel Shepherd Memorial Golf Day

A team from FHP Property Consultants at the Daniel Shepherd Memorial Golf Day

A team from FHP Property Consultants won the tournament

Around 14 teams teed off for a Golf Day at Nottinghamshire Golf Club on 15th July 2015 in memory of Capt Daniel Shepherd.The day was organised by his brother Paul to raise money for Felix Fund. Teams entered from many locations including two from 11 EOD Regt RLC. The winners were FHP Property Consultants (pictured).

A massive thank you to everyone involved and in particular to Paul and his family for their support. The day raised over £3,000 for Felix Fund and there is already talk of a repeat event next year so watch out for details.

Bluestone 42 stars run the London 10k for Felix Fund

felix fund's team in the london 10k run, incuding 2 stars from bluestone 42

The Felix Fund London 10k team – with Katie Lyons aka Bird (second from right) and Scott Hoatson aka Rocket, right (kneeling)

For the first time, Felix Fund entered a team in the London 10K Run on Sunday 12 July 2015. Despite injuries and car breakdowns we fielded a team of 13, including Katie Lyons and Scott Hoatson aka Bird and Rocket, who star in the BBC3 comedy Bluestone 42.

A blustery day saw around 20,000 runners take to the streets of central London creating an amazing atmosphere.

Afterwards Felix Fund treated the runners and their supporters to a picnic in St James’s Park, which seemed to go down very well.

The Felix team have raised in the region of £4,000 – so thank you to everyone who took part.

Mel Moughton, CEO of Felix Fund, says:

We have another 18 places for next year’s run should anyone be interested and I might even run myself!

Heroes Golf Day: everyone a winner

Heroes Golf Day 2015 at Cleeve Hill Golf Course, Cheltenham24 teams took part in the annual Heroes Golf Day on 19 June 2015 at Cleeve Hill Golf Course, Cheltenham to raise money for Felix Fund and Help For Heroes.

The glorious weather added to the enjoyment of the day as teams competed for first place.

Stewart McGeogh brought his team along from Huntingdon and scooped first prize of Footjoy golf shoes.

A team from 721 Squadron at Ashchurch also took part and brought along the added extra of a bomb disposal display and some kit.

The day was once again sponsored by Barclays Bank branch manager Chris Campbell. This year £1,200 was raised for each charity, with an additional donation being made to Scotties Little Soldiers.

A provisional date has already been set for next year of 17 June 2016, so watch out for more information.

Thank you to everyone who took part and gave their support.

Coasteering to mountain biking: A report on adventure training in Newquay

SSgt Marcus Clarke reports back on Exercise DEMS Serpent, two week-long exercises in adventure training, which were part-funded by Felix Fund.

On the 8 June six members of DEMS (Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search) Training Regiment departed Bicester to attend a week-long adventurous training package in Newquay.

After loading the remaining stores, we headed off on the 4½-hour trip to RAF St Mawgan, which was to be our base. Eventually, we arrived in sunny Newquay and, with accommodation and stores sorted, it was on to town for a RECCE and a quiz in a local pub. Six of DEMS’ smartest and brightest members took part and finished ninth out of ten. Mastermind it was not!

Tuesday saw us to get stuck into the first activity, which was coasteering from Fistral Beach. For those that don’t know, coasteering is like a cross between rock climbing without a harness and bungee jumping without a bungee. We had a few refusals on the 33ft jump, which was the culmination of the day. I won’t name and shame (Search Sqn!)…

Wednesday was spent on the beach with a kite and buggy. This sounds like an easy day but trying to control a power kite 3m wide and a metal buggy with no brakes at the same time made for some great entertainment and fantastic pictures of Pte Stanway being dragged down the beach on his front after tipping the cart.

Thursday was spent mountain biking in two locations: Cardinham Woods and Lanhydrock. We started at the Skills Park where we honed our senses and the skills needed for the trails that we were about to conquer. What we weren’t expecting was Cpl Clynes to fall off his bike on the first trail and totally rip off his shorts, to the point that he had to cycle for the remainder of the day in his boxers.

Finally, having had a thoroughly good week, we travelled back to Bicester to reload and get set to go again for week 2.

The second week was as challenging as the first and allowed us to experience these new pursuits, while taking a number of people out of their comfort zones.

Thanks are due to Melanie Moughton and the hard-working team at Felix Fund, as well as to the Regimental COPF, who contributed towards the costs that enabled the trip to go ahead.

A unique diving experience in Malta for 11 personnel in Malta – funded by Felix Fund

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) diving qualification coursesIn April 2015, Felix Fund supported and funded a week of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) diving qualification courses. L/Cpl Fisher, L/Cpl Phillips and L/Cpl Kinninmonth reported back to us on the trip:

During April 2015, 11 personnel from Yankee Troop at Ammunition Technical Support Group were deployed on Ex. Dragon Diver in Malta in order to complete PADI qualifications. Nine of us took the PADI Open Water course, one did the PADI Rescue Diver course and another did a PADI Dive Master course.

Each course started with classroom-based lessons on the theory behind the skills needed to become a qualified diver. The open water course started with confined dives in a swimming pool at the dive resort, where basic skills were taught, after which nine of us progressed to diving in the open water while the other two personnel completed scenarios and advanced skills covering search and rescue of personnel and how to manage individuals at a dive site. During the week, we completed various types of dives including reef, wreck and cavern – and a deep dive for the two personnel doing the more advanced courses.

Everyone agreed that their favourite type of dive was the wrecks. These were the HMS Maori, at the depth of 14 metres, and the P29 German Minesweeper, at the depth of 35 metres, where we saw an array of habitats and aquatic life, including octopi and a shoal of barracuda!

Without support and funding from the Felix Fund this trip of a lifetime would not have been available to us and we would not have attained these invaluable qualifications. The group would like to thank to the charity and to express the hope that this encourages more groups to participate in events like this.

Tri-Service Bomb Disposal staff to cycle John O’Groats to Land’s End for Felix Fund

Military personnel from all over Europe compete in the 2006 United States Forces Europe Mountain Bike

Photo courtesy of US Air Force

Starting on 17 July 2015, a team of eight cyclists made up of military and civil service personnel and members of Defence Industry will undertake the daunting challenge of cycling approximately 1000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in aid of Felix Fund in only 3 days.

If you would like to sponsor them for this challenge please go to donate at Just Giving.

You can also donate via text: Text ROLL15 £[insert an amount] to 70070.

Handcrafted Felix models now available

felix fund modelsFor a unique gift why not purchase one of these special Felix models?

Each individual Felix, standing about 5½ inches tall and 3 inches wide, is handcrafted using polymer clay over a metal skeleton and features a felt base. There are currently two colour options to choose from: full colour (green and yellow) or bronze. The models are coated with a hard glaze for long-lasting protection.

Each model is made to order, so please allow up to one month from date of payment for delivery. At busy times your order may take slightly longer to arrive so we’re asking customers to be patient.

Felix can be personalised at no extra cost with a small hand-painted inscription on the back  (recipient’s name, call sign, for example). If you have any queries about the space available please contact Felix Models at felixmodels@yahoo.co.uk before ordering, or give us the exact wording at the time you order. Ensure you provide correct spelling!

Each model costs £80 with £20 from each one going to the Felix Fund charity.

(Price for a single model includes P&P within the UK. For addresses overseas, please enquire before purchasing. Multiple orders will incur an additional postage fee.)

To place your order contact felixmodels@yahoo.co.uk

Felix Fund needs your opinions!

Here at Felix Fund we’re reviewing some of our charitable objectives. Your opinions are very valuable to us so we’ve created a  short survey where you can tell us what support you think Felix Fund should be providing. It would be really helpful if you could fill the survey in on online (or download a form if you are happier doing it that way).

Visit our survey page now – it will only take a short time.

Many thanks

Mel Moughton

CEO

 

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