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Commemorating 100 years since the Armistice, The Royal Marines Charity’s annual London Dinner has now raised in excess of £1 Million – resulting in the dinner being the largest fundraising event the charity has ever done to date.
Following the dinner, we called out to the Royal Marines Family to help us reach the million and we are delighted to announce you have helped to hit our target! We’d like to pay a huge tribute to all those involved in helping us reach this landmark figure, which in turn will help us to continue to provide support through life to Royal Marines and their families.
The London Dinner at The Guildhall was compered by former Royal Marine and BBC News presenter JJ Chalmers, and featured a speech by General Sir Gordon Messenger, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, and performances by the Royal Marines Band Service. A live auction conducted by renowned auctioneer Nick Bonham, combined with a silent auction, raised a total of £385,650.
The dinner’s auction included a bust by British sculptor Ben Dearnley of Mark Ormrod, the former Marine and triple amputee who has won several medals including two gold at the Invictus Games. Selling for £38,000, it was purchased by the Gosling family and donated to the Royal Marines Museum. A Royal Marines experience in Norway sold for a staggering £130,000, while the sale of Mark Ormrod’s Bremont watch, which sold last year for £25,000 and was returned to its previous owner, went under the hammer again, this time raising £30,000 but once more found itself back on Mark’s wrist at the end of the evening.