Once again the Trustees of Ascot Racecourse have kindly designated the final day of Royal Ascot as Armed Forces Day.
Amidst the frocks, finery, top hats and tails were 105 members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces resplendent in their service dress uniforms and mirror-like boots and shoes. The women and men were there to officiate as stewards and to collect money for the three service charities: Royal Navy and Marines Benevolent fund, The Army Benevolent Fund – The Soldiers’ Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Last year generous spectators donated a staggering £22,000, a tangible expression of the esteem in which our Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force personnel are held and how much the public appreciate the fantastic work they do.
A delighted Brigadier (Retd) Peter Walker OBE, Berkshire County Chairman ABF The Soldiers’ Charity said on behalf of the three charities: “We are so grateful to the Trustees of Ascot Racecourse and all the racegoers who have been so generous and welcoming today. Our charities help the entire military family, from our oldest Second World War Veterans to those serving at home and abroad today, and we simply couldn’t do that without the overwhelming support from the public, as we saw once again today.”
Photographer: Corporal Ben Beale/ MoD Crown Copyright.