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The Royal Marines Commando Dinner raises £950,000 for the Corps Family


Commemorating 100 years since the Armistice, The Royal Marines Charity’s annual London Dinner, sponsored by Patron Capital, has so far raised approximately £950,000. Already the largest fundraising event the charity has ever done.

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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 sponsorship forms part of an ongoing partnership that has existed since 2010 between Patron Capital and The Royal Marines Charity, whose work includes supporting those injured through active service. Patron recently sponsored a record-breaking venture by Steve Sparkes, a former Royal Marine who became the first blind person to row across the Pacific. As part of last night’s proceedings, Patron MD Keith Breslauer personally gifted Steve an OrCam MyEye wearable artificial vision device that instantly and discreetly reads printed and digital text aloud – from any surface – and recognises faces, products, maps, letters and money notes, all in real time.

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 Foundation 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.

 Keith Breslauer, Patron Capital’s Managing Director, said:

“Following last year’s success where we raised almost £700,000 in total, we are thrilled to have already smashed 2017’s fundraising totals. We are exceptionally proud to continue our support of The Royal Marines Charity’s work, which helps inspiring individuals to adjust to their life-changing disabilities and embrace new activities, including competing in sports at a world-class level.

“As well as raising funds to pay for first-class prosthetics and home refurbishments for disabled use, our work with The Royal Marines Charity also involves business introductions, mentoring and providing work placements. Last night’s Royal Marines Charity Dinner was a humbling experience. It was an honour to be part of such an evening, commemorating the sacrifices made by so many Royal Marines, honouring the Armistice Day 100th anniversary and raising vital funds. As headline sponsor, we know these funds will directly help Royal Marines past, present and future, and their families by ensuring the charity is able to respond wherever help is needed.”