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100 Days to Peace still open for donations

There is still time to donate to our three remarkable charities, Help for Heroes; Combat Stress; and Heads Together, by visiting – The National Funding Scheme – 100 Days to Peace

Thank you to all who attended 100 Days to Peace, it was a truly memorable evening with some vital funds raised for Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Heads Together, the Royal Foundation’s campaign and mental health initiative. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our supporters and performers who took part in the event.

On Thursday 6th September 2018 The Royal Armouries welcomed The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to its gala music evening 100 Days to Peace, at Central Hall Westminster.

The Duke and Duchess were greeted on arrival by the Royal Armouries Chair of Trustees, General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL.100 Days to Peacewas a one-off gala evening of music and reflection to mark the centenary of the last one hundred days of First World War hostilities.

Proceeds from both ticket sales and funds raised on the evening will go to three charities – Help for Heroes; Combat Stress; and Heads Together -The Royal Foundation’s campaign and mental health initiative – all of whose work supports military veterans and others suffering from mental health conditions.

Commenting on the evening, Lord Dannatt said:
“We were delighted to welcome The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Central Hall for this commemorative event; their commitment to the causes supported is transformative. The Duke has served with some of those who have suffered and there are more, just like them who continue to suffer in silence. We have been overwhelmed by the support shown by all of our sponsors, ambassadors, performers, beneficiary charities and many others who helped make the evening so memorable.”

Minister for Defence, People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood commented:
“Mental health is something that can affect us all, and we are committed to ensuring that every member of the Armed Forces community is able to access the help they deserve.

“As we mark the centenary of the last 100 days of the First World War, it’s important to reflect on how far we have come, and how much further we have to go to make sure that no one suffers in silence. “The MOD is proud to be working closely with the Royal Foundation, and the service charities, to enhance the support we offer to those in need.”

The highlight of the evening saw Sir Karl Jenkins conduct his internationally-acclaimed The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. Performed by the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra with a solo by Kathryn Rudge, this was the only performance in England in 2018 that has been conducted by Sir Karl himself.

In addition to hosting the evening, Lesley Garrett also performed twice. Her first piece, ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ is a WB Yeats’ poem published in 1899. The music was composed by Sir Karl Jenkins for Lesley it has always been one of her favourites. Her second performance was the opening lines from ‘For the Fallen’, a poem written by Laurence Binyon in 1914 and often referred to as the ‘ode of remembrance’ the music for which was especially adapted by Sir Karl for 100 Days to Peace.

The event featured Samuel Bordoli’s The Great Silence, written in memory of choristers killed in the First World War, with the charity Remembered, featuring their 2018 Armistice installation There But Not There.

There is still time to donate by visiting – The National Funding Scheme – 100 Days to Peace

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