Red, White and Blue Day is run jointly by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The RAF Benevolent Fund and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. These charities are responsible for the welfare of soldiers, sailors and airmen and their families and money raised for Red, White and Blue Day is split between these three long-established charities which all have close ties with our Armed Forces. The first ever Red, White and Blue Day was held in October 2011, with 54,000 children from 175 schools taking part. The event was part of the wider Ten for Ten project, which marked ten years of British Forces Involvement in Afghanistan.
Red, White and Blue day is open to every school in the UK, as well as military schools based overseas, and Universities, Colleges and Clubs can also take part. Pupils can simply donate £1 and dress up in Red, White and Blue or hold a cake sale a sponsored event or whatever they fancy doing to raise funds! This year there was an added element of a competition entitled “Postcard to Afghanistan” where children were encouraged to write to serving personnel in Afghanistan and tell them a bit about themselves, what they do during their school day, their weekends and holidays and the sports clubs they follow. The winning entries could win tickets to the British Military Tournament in London in December plus a behind the scenes tour.
Moray rose to the occasion with Hythehill & St Gerardine’s Primary Schools in Lossiemouth, East End Primary School in Elgin, Kinloss Primary School and Keith Grammar School among those signing up for Red, White and Blue Day. We were sent in photographs by proud Mums and here is Morgan and Oliver Evans from Hythehill Primary School and Calum and Rebekah Humphreys from East End Primary School and Nursery all dressed up in their red, white and blue.
Team RAFBF Lossiemouth was delighted to be invited to give a talk to the pupils of East End Primary School in Elgin and we were blown away by the effort everyone had gone to! The school hall was decked out in red, white and blue bunting and homemade flags and there were lots of pictures on display. The whole school had taken part with the nursery spending their morning cake decorating. We were giving our talk as part of the school’s weekly assembly and it was great to feel the energy and anticipation as all the children filed into the school hall. Of course the fact this was the last assembly of the school term added that extra buzz of excitement. The children had all gone to amazing lengths to take part and were all dressed up; the whole hall was a Red, White and Blue spectacular as everyone waited for Assembly to start.
Assembly started with the P7 pupils giving several short, well-rehearsed and amusing sketches about good and bad food and health eating habits based on their current healthy eating project. Their enthusiasm was clear to see and their audience all thoroughly enjoyed the humour, especially the younger pupils who giggled along happily.
Unfortunately, due to work commitments, Padre Andi Chapman had to cancel at the last minute leaving Bobby and Karen to do a double act. The presentation was to explain what Red, White & Blue day was, as well as outlining the three Armed Forces, their charities and the work they do. The children listened enthusiastically with lots of raised hands and wiggling arms when questions when questions were asked. We also spoke a little about the RAF Benevolent Fund and showed them how money was spent and why fundraising was so important and it was heart-warming to hear them talk of charity shops and helping out at events at such a young age.
After Assembly had finished and the children had all happily trotted off to eagerly await their last bell of term, we had our photograph taken with a few pupils who had stayed behind to proudly present us with the £169.63 they had raised.
Thank you East End Primary School for taking part and thank you for inviting us to be to be part of your day, we look forward to hearing what you get up to next year!
Will you or your school be taking part in Red, White and Blue Day 2014? To find out more about Red, White and Blue Day please visit their website.
To find out more about the charities and their work, please click here.