Vicar drums up support for army fundraiser
VICAR of Berwick, Canon Alan Hughes, teamed up with former SAS officer-turned-author Andy McNab to help raise funds for The Army Benevolent Fund at a function in Jersey.
Canon Hughes, who retired last month but is still officially vicar until February 28, was asked to attend the event by the Airborne Officers Network, of which he is a member.
Billed as ‘An evening with Andy McNab’ the event took the form of a formal dinner for 380 at The Hotel de France. The invited guests comprised members of the business, military and intelligence community.
Canon Hughes provided the welcome and went on to conduct the auction, the three main items being a flight by private plane for four from Jersey to The Air and Airborne Forces Museum, a copy of the SAS War Diary, Military Edition, weighing 12K and leather bound, signed by Andy McNab and a day with serving members of The Special Air Service - all of which raised £15,000.
He then introduced Andy McNab, who had given his services at no cost to the charity, and gave a talk on his service career, the Bravo Two Zero incident and much more. There then followed a long question and answer session, on Chatham House rules.
The Governor of Jersey, General Sir John McColl gave a warm vote of thanks. The event raised £25.000 for The Army Benevolent Fund which helps servicemen and women and their dependents.
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