Kieron Ireland

In Memory of Derek Ireland MBE, JP

Fundraising for Felix Fund - The Bomb Disposal Charity
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In memory of Derek Ireland MBE, JP
We Help bomb disposal experts & dependents to bring welfare & financial support


Dad had worked with explosives and munitions over a career spanning 33 years with the MoD. From  being a member of the design team for the 105mm Light Gun in the 60's at Fort Halstead, design and testing of Ranger and Bar mine fuzing sytems and Missile S&A/Warhead units in the 70's through to RDX & TNT explosive mixing in the early 80's at Woolwich Arsenal. On his return to the Fort in 81 he joined an IS & COIN dept, initially working on improving the camera systems for the 'Wheelbarrow' bomb disposal robot and then providing support to SF operations for which he was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen. He continued with his support to HM Forces after starting his own company in 1996 and went on to manufacture ECM units for Army vehicles completing UOR contracts for the MoD when bigger companies couldn't react in time. When asked why his unit cost was so much less than the big contractors he answered 'my son is overseas travelling in vehicles being protected by this kit so i look at it as insuring my investment'.

About the charity

Felix Fund supports bomb disposal and search personnel and their families. We provide welfare assistance and financial support for anyone who has conducted or assisted with bomb disposal duties; across all three services and the Met Police Counter Terror Unit SO15.

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