The 2014 Barclays Jersey Boat Show raised almost £10,000 for two armed forces charities, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Holidays for Heroes Jersey.

The funds were raised in a variety of ways; at a charity dinner held on the Friday evening to launch the Show, by the ‘Hook a Duck’ game on the Barclays stand and visitors also raised money by taking a photo with the Barclays Duck and posting it on social media. The amount raised will be matched pound for pound by Barclays to reach a final total of £9,685.

The show, which took place from Saturday 3 to Monday 5 May, was just one of the many events happening around the UK this year in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines. To mark this special milestone Barclays chose the two service-focused charities to benefit from the funds raised.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy which aims to improve the lives of all who serve – past and present – and their families. The charity provides valuable funds for naval and military charities that work with families and veterans, especially those experiencing difficulty with child support, ill-health, old age, or hard times.

Supporting a wide range of beneficiaries

Robert Robson, Chief Executive of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, said: “We are delighted that Barclays and the attendees of the Jersey Boat Show have generously supported our charity. We provide funding to every ship, submarine, commando and Fleet Air Arm unit on international duties and this donation of £3,685 is the equivalent of our support to three frigates. It will go a long way to maintaining the morale and well-being of our sailors.” 

Holidays for Heroes Jersey (H4HJ) provides a weeks holiday in Jersey to past or present members of HM Forces injured, in mind or body, during their service. H4HJ was founded by Dawn and Richard Woodhouse in 2008 and since its launch the charity has provided over 1200 holidays to members of the armed forces.

Colour Sergeant Lee Waters, who was guest of honour at this year’s show, is just one of many armed forces personnel to benefit from the work of H4HJ. Sergeant Waters was injured in a sniper attack during his second tour of Afghanistan and during his recovery was offered a holiday to Jersey by the charity.

Dawn Woodhouse M.B.E., Chairman of H4HJ, said: “It is moving to hear how the warmth of a Jersey welcome helps our hero guests enjoy a relaxing holiday and quality time with their loved ones.

“As we already have 388 holidays booked for 2014 and many requests for 2015, the £6,000 raised by the Barclays Jersey Boat Show is crucial. The success of our charity is due to the incredible support from islanders and the local business community, Barclays is a fine example of that generosity.”

Paul Savery, Managing Director, Barclays Intermediaries, International and Direct, said: “Visitors to this year’s Barclays Jersey Boat Show were extremely generous with their donations so, thanks to them, we are able to pass a fantastic sum of money to our nominated charities, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Holidays for Heroes Jersey.

“Both these charities do such great work for armed forces personnel and their families and I’m pleased that in addition to raising funds, we were also able to promote awareness of their work at this year’s show. This is especially important during such a significant anniversary for the Royal Marines.”