On Satuday 3rd June 2023, James Caddick from The Regiment Support Service proudly presented a cheque to The Spirit of Normandy Trust for £18,000. James was invited to a pre departure dinner hosted by The Spirit of Normandy Trust were he was able to meet the Normandy Veterans in person before they made their journey over to France the following day. James said "It has been a great honour and privilege to meet the Normandy Veterans in person and I have enjoyed listening to their stories and experiences of what it was like on D-Day in 1944. It goes without saying that if wasn't for these unique individuals then the world would be a very different place today. On behalf of Regiment Support Service and all the businesses that have sponsored us I would like to thank each one of the Normandy Veterans for their bravery and it is with great pleasure that I am able to present this donation of £18,000 to The Spirit of Normandy Trust".
Above: James Caddick Managing Director from The Regiment Support Service presents a cheque to Richard Palusinski Chairman of The Spirit of Normandy Trust.
The money will be used to help cover the carer and travel costs for the eight Normandy Veterans who are able to make the journey over to France this year.
The average age of the veterans is now 98 years old and on Sunday 4th June they will depart by ferry to Normandy for a 5 day trip that will include meeting local dignitaries, q&a sessions with children and paying their respects to their comrades and those that fell in battle on D-DAY 1944. The main highlight of the trip will be on the 79 anniversary of D-Day itself were the veterans will gather at The British Normandy Mermorial in Calvados 25 minutes from the outskirts of Caen to lay wreaths at a special memorial service in honor of those that have fallen.