News and Media News archive Local school children get patriotic in aid of Service charities Over 180 children at Crofton Hammond Infant School, in Fareham, celebrated Red, White and Blue Day raising vital funds for the three official Service charities: The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. More than 625 schools and over 185,000 students across the country showed their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue on Friday 10th October, marking the centenary of World War I, honouring the service of military personnel and raising awareness of the difficulties faced by Service families. Jacky Halton, Headteacher at Crofton Hammond Infant School, said: “Red, White and Blue Day offers schools the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of our Armed Forces and indeed the everyday challenges faced by Service Families. We’ve arranged a broad range of activities for the children to take part in and they are all having a lovely time.” The school, which has over 30 per cent of its students coming from families with members in the Armed Forces, organised a series of special events for the day. The range of activities included a submarine science class with Gareth Brettell, Education Manager at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and a rocket science session with Flight Lieutenant Martin Smith RAF, father of student Alex Smith. The children took part in making hundreds of remembrance poppies for the school’s poppy garden, they also made bunting and iced a red, white and blue cake, had a go at an indoor assault course led by Royal Marine and current school governor Dai Davis, had a close look at a field gun and met with the Field Gun Crew from HMS Collingwood. The celebrations ended with a performance in the poppy garden by the school's choir and the Royal Naval Volunteer Band of HMS Collingwood. Hilary Jukes, Regional Fundraiser at RNRMC, said: “Red, White and Blue Day is just one of the many ways in which these Service charities raise awareness of the ongoing needs of the nation’s Armed Forces. The funds raised today will help us provide support to serving personnel, veterans and their families. Jacky adds: “We could not have planned a better day. Today’s activities have been made possible by the hard work and dedication of our parents group, especially those whose partners are in the Services. We also have to thank Lisa Dalglish, the cluster Family Liaison Officer and Di Bosustow who runs the support for Service Families in our school for all their energy and enthusiasm for Red, White and Blue Day.” The funds raised will be divided amongst The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, who provide a full range of care for all generations of the Armed Forces and their families.