THE CHARITIES of the three armed forces are calling upon the local schools to sign up to ‘Red, White and Blue Day 2013’, a campaign to raise awareness about the difficulties faced by service children and families.
Scheduled for Friday, October 11, RWB13 is an opportunity for school children to donate £1 each to wear the patriotic colours of red, white and blue, and for schools to run activities to further pupils’ understanding of what it means to be the child of a serving sailor, soldier or airman.
RWB13 is perhaps particularly apt for Arbroath and the surrounding area, as Royal Marines families from Condor live within the community.
‘Red, White and Blue Day’ is an annual national campaign run by the three official charities of HM Armed Forces, and supported by the three services themselves. It will highlight the difficulties and instability faced by the children who are left behind when one or both parents is away on operations or based abroad.
Head teachers and other staff are encouraged to ask pupils to sign up to help raise £60,000 for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The RAF Benevolent Fund, so that they can continue to help service families in need.
Major General Martin Rutledge, chief executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “When a serviceman or woman has to leave their family to serve their country, it’s very hard on those left behind – children in particular. We hope that as many schools as possible will join in to show their support for the families.”
To get involved, visit www.redwhiteblueday.co.uk, contact Patty Wallis on 07769706047 or firstname.lastname@example.org