A unique charity event that has become an integral part of the Bournemouth Air Festival’s annual calendar has raised more than £4,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
The Navy Blue Party hosted at Hotel Miramar on the East Cliff, welcomed over ninety guests to enjoy outstanding musical performances by HM Royal Marines Band Portsmouth, as well as dinner with illustrious military representatives and VIPs.
Hotel Miramar Manager Theo Iakimov said “Bournemouth Air Festival attracted more than one million people to the area which truly puts us on the global map. The Navy Blue Party is a small way for the town to demonstrate its gratitude to military personnel for all that they do, participating in the air festival and protecting our country. It was our immense pleasure to welcome top brass from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines together with local dignitaries, and we are appreciative to all guests at the Navy Blue Party for supporting this valuable fundraising event in aid of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.”
Following the marching band performance on the lawns of Hotel Miramar, Rear Admiral Chris Gardner, Royal Navy and Brigadier Graeme ‘Jock’ Fraser, Royal Marines, together with Tobias Ellwood MP and the Mayors of Bournemouth and Poole, took the salute against the sunset backdrop and night air flying displays.
Tim Corke, South West Fundraising Manager from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity commented: “We cannot thank Hotel Miramar and the guests at the Navy Blue Party enough for their generosity and for agreeing to host this fantastic event for another year. All funds raised help us to continue our vision for a world in which sailors, marines and their families are supported, for life. From life changing grants during times of immediate need, to smaller deployment grants that aide morale and retention – the RNRMC works hard to ensure that no one is forgotten.”
Senior officers from ten vessels were represented at the Navy Blue Party, together with sea cadets from TS Phoebe who assisted throughout the day.
Theo added, “As well as the dinner, we had generous support with the silent auction, plus contributions from our ‘pound a bed’ scheme with hotel guests staying throughout August making a charity donation to the RNRMC. It’s team work at its very best, and good things happen from everyone pulling together.”
Following the success of the 2018 Navy Blue Party, Rear Admiral Chris Gardner, HMS Tireless has committed to supporting the event again in 2019.
Room bookings for next year’s air festival and reservations for the Navy Blue Party in 2019 are already being taken. Call the Reservations team on 01202 556581.
For more information on the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, visit www.rnrmc.org.uk or call 023 93871520