Naval Service children, aged 5-7, from Crofton Hammond Infant School in Stubbington, Hampshire, decorated cakes in the company of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity staff as part of their Red, White and Blue Day celebrations today (9 October 2015).

Before the messy cake decorating business got underway, the children told stories about what their parents did and how they enjoy speaking to them when duty using video chat and emails sent from school.

Storytelling

Daisy De-Saint-Bissix-Croix explained how she was proud of her mum who is a nurse in the Royal Navy. Emily Hopper meanwhile spoke of her delight when her dad brought her a jewellery box and wooden doll when he returned from duty in the Middle East.

Diane Bosustow, the school’s Armed Forces Family Liaison Officer, said: “We’ve all had a fantastic morning, decorating cakes and sharing stories about what other children’s mums and dads do in the Forces. We’re looking forward to seeing how much we can raise from the cakes when the parents arrive for after-school film club.”

Of the 179 pupils at Crofton Hammond Infant School, just over a third belong to Service families. Last year the infant and nearby junior school raised over £1,000 for Red, White and Blue Day.

Charity visit

Hilary Jukes, Regional Fundraising Coordinator for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity added: “It’s been great to visit Crofton School again, who’ve shown so much support for Red, White and Blue Day in the past.

“It was particularly nice to spend time listening to the children and staff talk about what life is like for them while their parents or partners are away on duty. That’s what today’s fundraising is all about – making those lives that little bit easier, and what better way to raise money than with cakes!”

Red, White and Blue Day is a day for children to think about what life is like for those whose families serve in the Armed Forces, and also a chance to learn more about the history that shaped our country. This year schools have been issued with lesson packs about the Battle of Britain, which took place 75 years ago.