Headley Court

LCpl Walker presents a cheque to the ABF

The sunlit lawns of Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Surrey made the perfect setting on Friday July 3 for a fundraising event for the Army Benevolent Fund.

The 300 guests were welcomed by the High Sheriff of Surrey, Lady Toulson, the CO of Headley Court, Col Jeremy Tuck and Col Tony Ward of the Army Benevolent Fund.  The Band of the Irish Guards performed a selection of popular and military music, including the Post Horn Galop and Sunset under the direction of Major Philip Shannon MBE, the Director of Music.

The event raised nearly £17,000 for the Army Benevolent Fund, the Army's national charity committed to the welfare of soldiers, former soldiers and their families who are in need.

An additional £140 was presented to the High Sheriff on behalf of Headley Court by LCpl Scott Walker of the Band of the Irish Guards. His wife Lindsey is a pharmacist at Queen's Hospital in Romford, and when she heard about the concert and the incredible work done with injured soldiers at Headley Court, she decided to hold a cake bake to raise funds.

LCpl Walker said the cake sale was so popular that she was planning more events to raise money for different charities.

Pictured above: LCpl Walker presents the cheque to the High Sheriff of Surrey, Lady Toulson