Your County Needs You - Help us make Armed Forces Day 2019 the best yet!

  |  Published: Oct 2nd 2018
Armed Forces Day flag, image courtesy BCC

Calling all local businesses and organisations - can you help?

Armed Forces Day is a national event which gives the country the opportunity to say thank you to the men and women of the armed forces, past and present, for the work that they do in protecting our nation.

In Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, traditionally we hold a family friendly celebration for our local forces families and the wider Bucks community and the date provisionally pencilled in for next year is Saturday 29th June 2019.

A spectacular day of family fun is proposed with highlights hopefully including an air display, live music and entertainment, funfair and stalls at a new venue of Wycombe Air Park. However, to make the event possible we need support from our local businesses and communities.

We are looking for sponsors to help us deliver another memorable day in 2019, on what will be the 10th anniversary of Armed Forces Day. In order to run at all, the event needs to be totally funded by sponsorship, donations and income generated on the day itself. Any profit generated will help to fund the next Armed Forces Day in 2021.

It is an ideal opportunity for businesses across the county and beyond to demonstrate their social responsibility and community engagement. We have a number of designed packages for organisations and individuals to take up. Details are available from the Civic and Ceremonial Events Team: bucksccevents@buckscc.gov.uk

The Open University has been a long serving sponsor of the event in previous years and has committed to once again sponsoring Armed Forces Day in 2019. Lucian Hudson, Director of Communications said: "We are always delighted to be involved in such a worthy event. Our armed forces do so much for us and this is a way of giving something back to them."

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire who oversees the organising of the event stressed the importance of local support. He said: "We are extremely grateful to both British European Aviation (BEA) and Wycombe District Council (WDC)  for offering Wycombe Air Field as a provisional venue for Armed Forces Day 2019 as well as to our wider partners including the Royal British Legion and Buckinghamshire County Council.

"Anyone who has attended any of our AFD events in the past will know what a fantastic day out they make for the whole family. Next year on the 10th anniversary we hope to host another spectacular event and are planning to make the day free for all to attend. It's the perfect way to show our support to our armed forces families locally.

"However, the reality that we face is, the event cannot happen without support from our local business community. We've been so lucky in the past to receive great support to help us put on the event and once again we are asking businesses and organisations to step up and demonstrate their willingness and commitment to supporting their local community."

If you are interested in offering sponsorship for Armed Forces Day 2019 packages start from as little as £250. For more information contact: bucksccevents@buckscc.gov.uk

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