A big thank you to Kaycee

A big but rather belated thank you to Kaycee for organising a fundraising event at the Prince of Wales pub in Didcot last October. Due to administration issues and staff changes the Felix Fund have been very remiss in expressing our thanks for over £900 raised on the day. Thank you Kaycee and everyone involved.

Bluestone 42: Felix Fund gets a first look

malenie moughton of felix fund and scott hoatson of bluestone 42

Felix Fund CEO Melanie Moughton with Scott Hoatson, who plays Rocket (aka Private Euan Armstrong) in Bluestone 42

Following a great collaboration between the BBC and the military in the making of the comedy series Bluestone 42 the Felix Fund was invited along to a pre-screening of the first two episodes of season 3. I can’t give anything away but it’s very good. Possibly even funnier.

The cast and crew were all lovely and very supportive of the Felix Fund. We even have the Union Flag that has appeared in all three series, signed by cast members, to auction off in the future. More details will be posted on the website and our Facebook page.

Melanie Moughton

Children’s playground benefits from Felix Fund

Opening of playground at Temple

Children from Temple Herdewyke School, (centre) Councillor Izzi Seccombe,(Left) Gill Thomas and (centre rear) Lt Col Mike Dempsey at the opening of Temple Herdewyke play park
Photo by Sergeant Gary Kendall RLC

A derelict play park given a new lease of life was officially opened last week in the village of Temple Herdewyke as wintry showers abated, allowing excited local school children from military and civilian communities to take to the swings and roundabouts for the very first time.

The play park, close to the Defence Munitions base at Kineton, Warwickshire, has been given a complete makeover, thanks to a ground-breaking community partnership project between military and civilian communities in the area and the Felix Fund.

Calling all runners! Join us for the London 10K

london 10k charity run logoIs there anyone out there who would be interested in running the London 10K on 12 July 2015 for the Felix Fund? Subject to places being available of course. The cost would be £40 per runner which covers your entry fee and a small amount towards refreshments in St James Park afterwards. Contact Melanie on melanie@felixfund.org.uk or call 07713 752901 for more information.

New CEO for Felix Fund: Melanie Moughton

Felix Fund would like to introduce to you our new Chief Executive, Melanie Moughton. We hope you will all join us in extending a warm welcome and support in her new role. Melanie will join us officially on the 5 January 2015.

Melanie Moughton has spent the last 10 years working for a national farming charity in the role of Marketing and Events Manager.

As the daughter of a former ATO, and the sister of a serving AT the Felix Fund is obviously very close to her heart and she has already done work as a volunteer for the charity in organising the 2012 Sky Dive for Lisa.

Melanie has a wide range of experience in many aspects of fundraising, marketing and communications.
She started her working life at the MoD in Bicester as a provision clerk, and then transferred to the Cabinet Office taking on a number of roles in press, PR and marketing. After many years as a civil servant she joined the private sector again working in marketing and communications. There then followed 10 years in the charity sector where she was involved with fundraising, event management, website and social media development, to name just a few in a constantly evolving role.

Melanie hopes that the wealth of knowledge she brings will help take the Felix Fund into the future.

Invitation: Service for the Commemoration of the Departed

Joan DeVal, the vicar who with Canon Steven Saxby led the funeral service for Holly Davies at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire, invites friends and family of Holly’s to a Service for the Commemoration of the Departed at 4pm on Sunday 2 November. This service will be held not at St Peter and St Paul, but nearby at St Andrew’s, Chinnor. Holly will be among those remembered by name in prayers, and there’ll be an opportunity to meet for tea and a chat afterwards.

For map click here.

Party in memory of SSgt Brett Linley GM and Holly Davies

Tickets for this event, in memory of Brett Linley and Holly Davies, the late CEO of Felix Fund who died in June, are selling fast so contact Anne Linley as soon as possible to ensure your place.

Saturday 22 November 2014, 7pm-1am

at The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands B92 0EH

Tickets £28

Dress: Fancy dress/party wear

Champagne reception

3-course meal with coffee. The menu is

  • Tomato and basil soup
  • Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with roast potatoes and vegetables (vegetarian alternative: spinach and ricotta tagliatelle)
  •  “A taste of Hot Chocolate” with raspberry sauce.
  • Followed by coffee

Please advise Anne Linley if you require vegetarian or an alternative meat option.

DJ “Brett Good Sounds”

Live music from The Moonshakers

The Arden Hotel is offering rooms at £50 if you quote Felix Fund at the time of booking (01675 443221)

For tickets contact Anne Linley on 07722 361043

(Payment details on request)


Save the date: Charity dinner in honour of the late Holly Davies on 14 November 2014

felix fund and army benevolent fund abf logosFelix Fund, the Bomb Disposal Charity, and ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity, are joining forces to host a charity dinner to honour Holly Davies, the late Chief Executive of Felix Fund. The event will be held on Friday 14 November 2014 at the prestigious In & Out Naval and Military Club in St James’s Square, London SW1, with proceeds to Felix Fund and ABF.

Holly was tragically cut down by cancer in June 2014. She had dedicated her last few years to the running of Felix Fund, making it the charity of choice for all those in need in the bomb disposal community. Under her stewardship the charity raised over £1 million and delivered over £400,000 in grants for soldiers (serving and retired), families and loved ones who have fallen into hardship or have required some form of rehabilitation, normalisation or other assistance as a result of work within the bomb disposal community, or association with it.

The joint nature of this event recognises the assistance that Felix Fund has received from Gerri Hogarth (ABF) in putting it together and the fact that Holly worked for several years for ABF before coming to Felix Fund and, importantly, it assists in ensuring greater ties with charities such as ABF in order to secure long-term support for our soldiers and families.

Tickets are strictly limited to 120 and will be sold on a first come first served basis at £100 per person. Each ticket raises 20 per cent of proceeds for Felix Fund and ABF.

The evening itself will consist of a drinks reception followed by a silver service three-course dinner in the prestigious main dining room. There will be a guest speaker and a silent raffle (tickets sold on the night) as well as a band playing throughout the evening. Further details will be issued with your ticket.

Enquiries to Gerri Hogarth at ghogarth@soldierscharity.org or Karl Frankland at karl@felixfund.org.uk.

Holly Davies

DMC-14-082It is with great sadness that the trustees of Felix Fund announce the passing of Miss Holly Davies, the Chief Executive, on Friday 27 June 2014 after a long illness.

Those who have supported Felix Fund since its inception, or who have been recipients of grants awarded by the charity, will know that Holly Davies was the driving force behind its success. At the outset, Holly devoted her fundraising expertise to providing much-needed support to countless individuals within the EOD community. Armed with persuasiveness, tenacity and dogged determination, Holly pursued her vision, which was to create a charity that would serve the welfare needs of an EOD community that she took to her heart. Serving, retired, spouse, child, significant other – it did not matter – Holly was adamant that this support should be afforded to all who were connected with the trade. She understood the needs of those outside of the services can be just as critical as that of those within it.

A brief glance at this website and the grants distributed provide ample illustration of the broad scope of the charitable objectives that Holly sought to introduce, and the sheer number of individuals who have been touched in some way by Felix Fund. In a very short time, the charity, as a direct result of Holly’s perseverance and willingness to put others needs before her own, has become an important source of support to the wider EOD community. It is no surprise that Holly was recently formally recognised for her dedication and commitment by receiving both the Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation and British Empire Medal, both richly deserved.

It is rare to find an individual who, in such a short life, can be considered truly inspirational –Holly is one of those people and we forever remain in her debt. Her boundless enthusiasm, commitment and total selflessness have set a bar that few will match. Her brainchild, Felix Fund, will live on in her memory and will seek to maintain the level of support to the EOD community that Holly would have demanded. She would not be shy in asking you to continue to get behind Felix Fund as you have done up to now. In doing so, we will move forward and ensure that Holly’s legacy will endure into the future, along with many more charitable beneficiaries.

Our deepest sympathies are with Holly’s family and friends at this time as they try to come to terms with the loss of a young life blessed with so much potential. She will be sorely missed.

The Trustees
Felix Fund

Felix Fund receives CDS Commendation

DMC-14-082Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Houghton presenting CDS Commendation to Holly Davies, founder of Felix Fund, thFelix Fund has been awarded a Commendation from the Chief of The Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces, in a ceremony at MOD Main Building in Whitehall.

CDS commendations, part of The Armed Forces Covenant, recognise “outstanding support and commitment of a rare and exceptionally high standard by non-military individuals or organisations to the Armed Forces community.”

Felix Fund is one of only two charities to receive a CDS commendation since the inaugural awards in 2012.

Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Houghton, said:

“Felix Fund is a charity that significantly improves the lives of soldiers returning from operations through the generous provision of breaks, grants and peer support. Their work wholly complements our own efforts and is worthy of special recognition.”

Holly Davies, Felix Fund’s Chief Executive, said:

“Everyone at Felix Fund is thrilled. It’s very reassuring to have formal confirmation that our work for the military bomb disposal community has been good and useful.”