Date Published: 23 October 2018
Rutland County Council staff are coming together to raise funds to purchase a Tommy statue to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Over the next four weeks, Council staff will be holding a series of fundraising events, including a ‘wear red to work day’, to raise the £750 required to buy the six-foot aluminium statue, which is part of the Royal British Legion’s ‘There But Not There’ commemoration campaign.
Once staff have achieved their fundraising target the statue will be erected in the grounds of the Rutland County Council’s offices at Catmose House in Oakham.
“Rutland has a rich military history and Council employees work closely with our vast Armed Forces Community on a daily basis. Many members of our staff also have a direct or personal connection with the Forces, whether they’re serving reservists, veterans, military spouses and partners or related to someone in the services. As a result, our staff felt it only right that they marked the 100th anniversary of Armistice by coming together to fund a memorial within the Council office grounds that supports a national campaign to commemorate the fallen, to educate all generations and to help heal today’s service man and women."
Councillor Richard Foster, Armed Forces Champion for Rutland County Council
The fundraising campaign is also being supported by The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham, which hosts the monthly Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club.
The Brewery is to launch a specially brewed commemorative beer called ‘First and Last’ of which 5p from every pint sold and £3.50 of each firkin from The Grainstore during November will be donated to the purchase of the statue.
The Grainstore is also encouraging each of its stockists to donate similar amounts from the sale of the commemorative beer.
“It is fantastic that the The Grainstore is supporting our employees in achieving their fundraising target, enabling us to, hopefully, bring the County Council’s Tommy home sooner.”
Councillor Richard Foster
For further information and to view the full programme of events, visit the dedicated Rutland Remembers website - established with the support from National Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, Rutland County Council and the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland.
Share your Rutland Remembers commemorations on social media with the hashtags #RutlandRemembers and #LLCommemorates.