IN celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, The Not Forgotten – a British Armed Forces charity for wounded, sick and injured serving and ex-military personnel – brought its ‘Anyone For Tea’ tour to Saltash.
The venue chosen was the town’s Waitrose car park.
Part of a 10-day road trip, the tour aims to raise awareness of the charity’s work and brought entertainment, cheer and chat to UK veterans, serving personnel and their friends and families.
It was all served up with a slice of cake and a biscuit or two and washed down with a great British cuppa – from a specially liveried double decker bus that local residents couldn’t miss.
Deputy Mayor of Saltash, Councillor Julia Peggs and her consort, Councillor Rachel Bullock attended to support the tour.
Forces Sweetheart Annie Riley entertained the troops and Waitrose customers, singing a varied set including popular classic hits from across the years of the Queen’s reign.
The tour, which is sponsored by 11 Waitrose stores, will see the Anyone For Tea bus pull up at other store car parks at locations from Cornwall to Glasgow.
The Not Forgotten was founded 102 years ago to provide entertainment and recreation, including social activities and challenge holidays, for wounded, sick and injured service personnel and veterans and to improve physical and mental health, address isolation and loneliness, and promote a sense of community and balance.
The charity met up with some familiar faces including some of whom are already beneficiaries of the charity and made new friends, while raising awareness of their work.
The Not Forgotten already supports over 10,000 beneficiaries and hope to encourage more veterans to come forward so they can benefit from their varied programme of events.
Rosie Thompson MBE, head of events, The Not Forgotten said: “We were thrilled to launch the Anyone For Tea Tour Bus and couldn’t have done this without the sponsorship and assistance of Waitrose.
“We’re delighted to have Waitrose on board and it was fantastic to welcome so many veterans of all ages as well as their friends and families to share in the celebrations.”
Sarah Collins, team manager partner operations, Waitrose commented: “We are delighted to sponsor this important event which celebrates The Platinum Jubilee and the UK’s veterans who make up such a valuable part of our community.
“Our Partners are all looking forwarding to welcoming customers and those within our regional communities to what is bound to be a fantastic and fun-filled Tour.”
The Not Forgotten combats isolation and loneliness amongst the Armed Forces community through social activities and challenge holidays.
If you are a serving or ex-member of the Armed Forces or you know of someone that could benefit from the help of The Not Forgotten, please get in touch by contacting calling 0207 730 2400.
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