Andrew Harrison’s Marathon run raises over £1000 for Felix Fund

Andrew Harrison at the finish of the 2015 London MarathonCongratulations to Andrew Harrison for his London Marathon run on Sunday and for raising well over £1,000 for Felix Fund.

In his own words, this is how it went:

I crossed the start line shortly before 10.30
and headed off with the masses. It was very overcast and had been raining overnight, but the weather conditions where pretty much perfect for the runners and the rain held off, so the spectators could enjoy their day too (I’m told it was a little chilly, although it is hard to feel sympathetic when you have just run 26.2 miles!). The crowd where out in force and covered the whole distance (5 rows deep at some points), it was a great atmosphere along the root and I resisted temptation to stop and join some of the roadside BBQs and beers that were going on.

I hit ‘the wall’ at around mile 20, but after unexpectedly seeing an ex-11 EOD Regiment colleague (Doug Fitzsimon) spectating, I liberated his Jelly Babies and carried on to the finish line, crossing in 4.45 (8 minutes ahead of Chris Evans!).

I would like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship, it really helped me on the day and I know those people supported by the Felix Fund will really benefit!

Romance readers raise £300 at British Book Affair

soldiers and organisers at british book affairIn what could be their most dangerous mission yet, two ATs from 621 EOD Sqn fought off romance readers at The British Book Affair at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London on Saturday 18 April. Romance fans raised nearly £300 for the Felix Fund and the brave volunteer soldiers experienced life as rock stars for the day!

A huge thank you to Jane Harvey-Berrick for choosing this event to showcase the Felix Fund and to raise money. Also thank you to James and Jamie for a gruelling day’s work.

Ex-service members – a chance to win a £100 Amazon gift card

Calling Ex-Service Members! To better understand military resettlement, researchers at the University of Oxford want to hear about your transition out of the military. Please take 5–10 minutes to complete the survey below.

Your responses will be used to analyse the impact of resettlement programs offered by the UK government. To thank you for your time, you will be entered in a raffle for the chance to win a £100 Amazon gift card upon completion.

All responses will remain confidential to ensure privacy.

If you have any questions, please contact Connor Love at veterantransitionstudy2015@gmail.com

First issue of Felix Fund News

FELIX FUND spring 2015 newsletter coverRead the first issue of Felix Fund News, the quarterly newsletter about the bomb disposal charity.

You will find:

  • An introduction from Melanie Moughton, Felix Fund’s new CEO.
  • How you can take part in the British 10k London Run
  • Dates for the Spartan Felix Team’s amazing challenges
  • Bargains at the Felix Fund shop
  • Exercise Chiron Snowflake
  • Names from our roll of honour

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.