New Kilmington RBL chairman to kickstart fundraising
PUBLISHED: 08:50 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:04 10 December 2015
Poppy appeal and Help for Heroes to benefit from New Year’s Eve party
The new chairman of Kilmington’s Royal British Legion is kickstarting the branch’s new year with a charity fundraiser.
Stafford ‘Sam’ Seward OBE has had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, serving for 38 years.
The ex-serviceman worked his way up through the ranks to become a commander and also acted as defence advisor to Sierra Leone and defence attaché to Guinea and Liberia.
Born in Kilmington, Mr Seward went to the village’s primary school before joining the Royal Navy at 16.
The father-of-three received operational honours from the Queen in 2001 and 2007.
The branch is holding the fundraising event on New Year’s Eve at Cranberries Luxury Hideaway to raise money for the branch’s Poppy Appeal and Help For Heroes.
Mr Seward said: “You know what you are getting into and what the situation can be, but your family do not sign up.
“Obviously, you never dream you will come back with any injury, but when you come home with some physical or mental problem, it is the family that are left to cope.
“I count myself extremely lucky to have commanded and worked alongside some of the world’s most professional and courageous personnel.”
The combination of ticket sales and the auction will be split between the two charities.
Mr Seward said: “This promises to be an evening to remember, as well as an opportunity to raise money to support those who have given their everything to provide a safe and secure environment for us all.”
The evening will begin at 7pm on Thursday, December 31.
Tickets cost £65 and will include a two-course buffet meal, welcome drinks and canapés and music from Renegades. At midnight, guests will be able to toast the new year in with a glass of champagne, while watching a firework display.
A number of businesses have donated prizes to the auction, including a trip on a luxury yacht and a overnight stay in a hotel.
Guests can arrange transport to take them from the event at 1am and can be arranged by calling Cranberries on 01297 33193.
Mr Seward thanked Cranberries manager Steve Litteley and his staff for supporting the event.
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