Musical Royal Marines have helped boost funds for Plymouth good causes. Royal Marines from Stonehouse, Plymouth today presented four charities with cheques totalling £6,000. The beneficiaries are: Ford Park Cemetery Fund, Friends and Families of Special Children, Help for Heroes and The Plymouth Guild Fund.
This money has been raised by the hard work of Carole Dinham who is the commanding officer’s personal assistant. Carole regularly organises Royal Marine band concerts in the Globe Theatre. These concerts are open to the general public and all proceeds from ticket sales go towards charitable ventures. Carole said: “I am pleased that we can show our support for the local community in this small way. I would like to thank those who continue to attend concerts for their excellent support. In addition, may I thank the band for their excellent performances which make these events such a success.”
Lieutenant Colonel Martin Taylor OBE, Commanding Officer Royal Marines Stonehouse said: “I am proud to present these cheques to charities today. I hope that this money can provide real benefits to the local community and I look forward to donating to more charities next year. My thanks also go to Carole who without her voluntary work on these concerts, these donations would not have been possible.”
A spokesperson from The Plymouth Guild Fund said: “We would like to thank RM Stonehouse for our generous donation which will enable us to update equipment available at the centre. The hearing and sight centre (part of Plymouth Guild) at Earnest English House, Buckwell Street is an information, advice and equipment service for people of all ages with concerns about sight or hearing.”
A spokesperson from Friends and Families of Special Children said:” We were very honoured and privileged to be chosen as one of the charities. We get no money from statutory bodies so it’s an ongoing battle to secure funding to ensure that our services can continue.