Charity event with Sir Michael Parkinson raises over £25,000

Friday 11 November 2011

On Thursday 10 November 2011 a lunch in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, which was organised by John Casson, was held at Gidleigh Park on Dartmoor, Devon. Nearly 70 guests enjoyed a highly entertaining talk from Sir Michael Parkinson and a memorable lunch created by two-Michelin-star chef, Michael Caines MBE.


The photograph shows the cheque presentation at Gidleigh Park on 10 November 2011. From left to right: Michael Caines MBE; Richard Pike, regional director, Brewin Dolphin; Sir Michael Parkinson; John; and Major General Gordon Messenger  Royal Marines.

Special guest Major General Gordon Messenger spoke of the incredible bravery, optimism and good nature exhibited by the Royal Marines. His powerful words struck a chord with the audience, who gave generously during the auction. This was a lively event with some amazing lots, including a limited edition copy of John’s book Afghan Faces signed by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, which sold for £650 and contributed to an incredible total of just over £26,000 being raised on the day.

Prior to the lunch, John accompanied Sir Michael and Lady Mary Parkinson on a visit to Hasler Company in Plymouth, where Royal Marines who have been injured as a result of conflicts and accidents are cared for. Sir Michael and Lady Mary found the visit deeply moving and inspiring.

To view more photographs of this event please see Photo Gallery