£175raised of £5,000 target by 6 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to Relocate the memorial to the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats) from RMA Sandhurst to the National Arboretum, Staffordshire.

Mundford, United Kingdom
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We need to raise over £10,000 to relocate the memorial to the National Arboretum and pay for its first few years maintenance on site until its support is taken over by the Arboretum. As well as moving the existing memorial, the plan is also to add a memorial for those who have worn the Desert Rat on their arm in more recent years,

The memorial was originally placed in Berlin after the end of WW2 and later moved to Sandhurst for safekeeping where it now stands just inside the main gate. Here it is safe, but alas not open to the general public, so we are raising funds by such things as coffee mornings,, sponsored swims, dog shows, sponsored walks and Dinner/Dances to pay for the move, the restoration of the memorial, its installation at the National Arboretum, where we will also be adding a fitting memorial to the Desert Rats since WW2 to the modern day, to bring everything up to date.

As an Association we hold many events to raise money to assist in telling the story of the Desert Rats and to allow veterans to attend events for free. and now we are expanding our efforts to carry out this important task. We all work towards this for free and need a little help with this goal please?

The initial figure of £5000 will allow us to start the work and then we will hold other events/activities to raise more funds to complete the work

We are the Desert Rats Association supporting Registered No. 1063575 under the Charities Act of 1960 for the 7th Armoured Division Commemorative Fund. Our website is www.desertrats.org.uk/assoc/

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    • Ellie Townsend Jones

      Ellie Townsend Jones

      Oct 7, 2017

      Good luck: from the family of desert rat Driver Alf Jackson, 96 years old and still going fairly strong :)


    • simon copley-smith

      simon copley-smith

      Sep 1, 2017

      good luck Desert Rats


    • Mike G

      Mike G

      Jul 8, 2017

      A very good cause. Good luck with achieving this


    • Ian Paterson

      Ian Paterson

      Jul 8, 2017

      I thought I would help kick this appeal off. I am happy to be associated with this and proud of my father's legacy.


    • Desert Rat

      Desert Rat

      Jul 7, 2017

      I am very pleased to support this cause. From a son of a Desert Rat.


    • Sara Lindsay Guiver

      Sara Lindsay Guiver

      Jul 5, 2017

      Good Luck Ian I know Dad (Les Dinning) would have supported anything to do with the Desert Rats.


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    Ian Paterson

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    I am the Treasurer of the Desert Rats Association which was set up to ensure the legacy of the Desert Rats from WW2 and the years afterwards is not forgotten, I am the proud son of a WW2 Desert Rat.

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