Events

The Colonel's Appeal Forthcoming Events 2014

Listed below are our forthcoming events that are in support of The Colonel's Appeal

These are ordinary people doing extra ordinary things to support your Appeal

Bill Swampy Moore’s Stupidity X5 starting 5th April – 14th September

Over the next several months he aims to complete 5 different obstacle courses. The first one completed April 5th at Lowther Castle “Born Survivor" it is designed and built by wimps, sorry Royal Marines “His Words” Hell on the Harbour side Whitehaven 19th May Total Warrior at Shap, August and St Bees in August then Chester for the Tough Mudder 13-14 September.

You can sponsor Swampy go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/swampys_yomp

The Hope Inn Mini Reunion 7th June 2014

Seth and The Yorkshire team will be once again running this event to raise funds. If the food and company is as good as last year you should really make the effort to get there! There will be a raffle, a wonderful buffet and a chance to catch up with your old mates. More details will be on June’s Flier.

The North East Golf Day at The Hobson Golf Club - 9th June 2014

Hobson Golf club

The North East Committee are running this event. They will have 18 teams of three and some local celebrities to join each team. The event will be held at The Hobson Golf Club, Burnopfield, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE16 6BZ and will include refreshments, raffle and a nearest the “T” competition. This event is now fully subscribed, however, if you are interested in supporting your appeal and having a catch up why not pop along and support the event.

The Iron Man, 70.3 mile, Swim, Run and Cycle Ride Challenge – 15th June

Ironman Triatholon

Sgts Bowman, King, Allford and Costello from the Regiment are all taking on this challenge They have just got back from some serious training .and are getting ready to do their bit They completed an Olympic style triathlon in preparation for the big event You can sponsor them by going to Danielle King’s link http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Lightdragoons Check out the Sponsor letter at the news section of the website.

Evening of Endeavour II - 10th July 2014 Royal Geographical Society

Evening of Endeavour II

Paul Gummer and Adam Smith contacted HHQ to inform us about this second evening. With a trek to the South Pole, the Row2Recovery crossing the Atlantic, there will be a lot to talk about at the presentation. The speakers have now been agreed, more details will follow on the website. There will also be a cash bar and raffle. If you are interested in attending please let us know by calling 0191 2393141. Check out the website below for ticket sales and information http://ldeveningofendeavour.weebly.com

The Dereham Prom Night – II Will be run this year date TBC

Paul Sandford and his team with the help of the RSM will attempt to recreate the success of last year’s event. The Band Of The Life Guards has been kindly provided by Hq-Ops Trg-Bands and will play to what we hope will be a packed audience at The Dereham Memorial Hall. More details will follow on the Appeal website over the next few months or why not pop into the Railway Tavern Dereham and book your tickets early.

Jon Saxby's Tough Mudder Race North Yorkshire 2nd August

On the 2nd of August this year John will be taking part in the Tough Mudder race in North Yorkshire on behalf of 2 charities that mean alot to him, The Light Dragoons Regimental charity The Colonels appeal and Help for Heroes.

You can sponsor John by going to his page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonSaxby

Sahagun Wine Offer - This is an ongoing wine offer 2014

Sahagun Wine Offer

A wine-maker who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan has produced a sparkling English wine named after one of the great cavalry charges of British military history in an effort to raise money for injured soldiers. Kieron Atkinson is a former Regimental Officer and now vineyard manager at Renishaw Hall, North Derbyshire, has invoked the spirit of Sahagun where members of the antecedent Regiment the 15th hussars cut through the French lines with their sabres. To find out more and to order your wine go to. english wine project or contact HHQ 0191 239 3141. The wine story has also been covered in the County Life Magazine. The Sahagun Sparkling Wine could be sold for £12.75 EX VAT (£15.30) it retails for £21.00 therefore there is a good profit for The Colonel’s Appeal. So if you are planning an event or parties why not take up this fantastic offer. So far the wine has done very well for the appeal. Well done to Kieron!

The HHQ grand Book Sale - This will be an ongoing sale organised by HHQ

We are pleased to inform you that we will be selling a variety of regimental books through this website. The books cover all the antecedent regiments and in some cases have been written by past members of our regiment. Several of the books have been signed by the author and therefore the value will only increase in time. What a great way of looking back through our history and seeing the journey we have undertaken to bring us to where we are today. For more information click on to www.lightdragoons.org.uk and go to the shop section or contact HHQ on 0191 239 4141

Note: Future events awaiting confirmation 2014

  1. Barnsley Fashion Show The Barnsley Committee
  2. Coast to Coast Cycle Ride – Summer - Kat Dalby-Welsh
  3. Fishing For Heroes Competition Spring 2014

Your support for these activities is very important to the success of this worthwhile cause.

Please try and go along or why not sponsor one of the above.

Giving today for their tomorrow

Successfully Completed Events

The Lynne Moore Art Exhibition, Cavalry and Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PX, 28th-30th April 2014

The Lynne Moore Art Exhibition

The artist Lynne Moore joined the regiment on their last operational tour of Afghanistan in 2012 to inspire her painting of the tour by LD. She has a display of her works being shown at the Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London with paintings for sale. Should you wish to visit and view her work you are advised to visit between the hours of 1000-1800 hrs on each of the days, dress is jacket and tie. Lynne is donating to the Colonels Appeal a %age of her sales over the period..

The Dereham Calendar 2014

The Dereham Calendar 2014

Paul Sandford has managed to organise and create a 2014 calendar in support of The British Legion and The Colonel’s Appeal. Many local sports personnel that span all generations have given their time and effort to create this calendar. Members of the Regiment attending the Sahagun Christmas party managed to sell off quite a few to those attending. There are one or two still left so if you wish to get one you can order your copy from Joint Effort on 01328712163 or Railway Tavern on 01362288166.

The Talisker Whiskey Challenge 2nd December 2013

Two Light Dragoons are about to take part in the Worlds Toughest Rowing Race. Captain James Kayll and L/Cpl Cayle Royce will row from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua a distance of over 3,000 miles that can take several weeks. They will be rowing primarily for ROW2RECOVERY. For more information call HHQ. 0191 239 3141 or visit http://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/the-teams/row-2-recovery

Read their full story and see the photo’s at the ‘NEWS’ section on the website.

Captain Guy Disney South Pole Allied Challenge December 2013

Captain Guy Disney South Pole Allied Challenge December 2013

Three Teams, 335Km, 16 Days,-35C To show the World the extraordinary courage and determination of the men and women who have been wounded while serving our countries and to remind us all of the help and support we owe them, you can listen to weekly updates from Guy and his team by going to http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/southpole2013/ with the wounded.com. Congratulations to Guy and his team mates who achieved a joint first place at the end of the challenge.

The Hope Inn Comedy Night Prior to the Barnsley Dinner Night – 7th October

Seth and Tug Wilson are planning another function at The Hope Inn

If last years event was anything to go by you will need to get cracking to get a seat. There is a rumour that the Chuckle Brothers impersonation team from HHQ will be attending. More importantly what a great way of seeing old friends prior to the main dinner night in the area.

Sgt Lee Davidson Memorial Football Match – Monday 9th September

The Regiment is planning to hold a memorial football match on Monday 9th Sept in memory of Sgt Davidson against his local team, Thorne Colliery FC, Welfare Ground, Grange Rd , Moorends, Thorne , DN8 4NA. With the presentation of a Memorial Cup at the end of the match (we will try to make this an annual event), a buffet will be put on afterwards in his local pub. There is a £2 entrance fee on the gate and bucket shakers of which the money raised will be split between the CO’s Appeal and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Go to the NEWS section for a short report.

Bill “Swampy Moore’s Double Stupidity August – September 2013

Not content with organizing and taking part in two major events last year he will be doing two events combined this year. The Total Warrior 3rd August and The Born Survivor 21st September. You can find out more and sponsor him by going to the link below. Well done Swampy now let’s see who else will take up the gauntlet!

You can donate HERE

We are awaiting an update from Swampy but well done from all of us.

Sarah and Toms Colonels Challenge – 28th July

They are going to cycle from London to Cambridge, approximately sixty miles. Tom is a Corporal in the regiment and served in Afghanistan last summer and whilst it was a difficult six months for all his family and friends they were thankful he was unaffected by his time away,

however during this tour it made Sarah realise that they were the lucky ones and she felt it was really important to give something back.

For more information contact HHQ or make a donation and learn more about the challenge go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SarahandTom60



hammond lee

Sponsored by Hammondlee, Residential Sales & Lettings Company who is offering a fantastic discount of a 1/3, on all of their estate agency fees (sales and lettings) at their local offices on the production of an Army ID card, check out their web page at www.hammondlee.co.uk


The Hillside Garden Sunniside Newcastle – Opens 15th and 16th June

Dr Alice Burridge of 80 Sunniside Road, Newcastle, NE16 5NF and her church members have once again rose to the challenge of providing funds for Appeal. The Hillside Garden was a huge success last year and more importantly raised local awareness. Alice and her friends have done so much for us so why not go along and show your support to the appeal you can also enjoy several cakes and a lovely cup of tea and coffee. You can find out more on the type of flora and fauna by going to.

You can find out more on the type of flora and fauna by going to.thehorticulturalchannel.info/blogs/2011/04/open-gardens-hillside-gardens

The garden will be open between 14.00 - 16.00hrs Daily

Check out the NEWS section for more details.


The Regimental Wives Sponsored Walk 8th June 2013

The lady Dragoons consisting of Sara Godfrey, Joanne Dine, Kate Lowther, Lisa Bell, Lucy Lawson, Nicola Grahame, Nova Ford, Jo-anne Thirlaway, Justine Plant, Alexandra Coghill, Alison Holmes, Claire Stone, Clare Cuthbertson, Danielle Martin, Dee Woods and Stacey Loughney are doing a fifty mile walk along the Norfolk coast over two days in aid of the appeal, not bad after the Calendar shoot and sales. For more information contact HHQ or make a donation and learn more about the challenge go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LadyDragoons

To find out just how well the ladies performed and to see how much the raised for the Appeal simply click here


Captain Will Todd, his Fellow Officers and Soldiers Taking on This Challenge 8th June 2013

The Tough Mudder event is a 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. The Light Dragoons will send a team of 15 soldiers and officers to pit themselves against the body-building, fitness fanatics of the civilian world in this ultimate challenge. To sponsor this event go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LDToughMudders


North V South Veteran Cricket at The Village of Wilcot Wiltshire 30th June

Mathew Sample is hoping to run this event when teams will compete for the Brian Medway Trophy (The Clinkers), the teams will consist of ex 13/18H, 15/19H, LD and Noodles. Spectators are encouraged to turn up to enjoy what should be an amusing day, why not bring along a picnic, and enjoy a Pimms What the players lack in skills we are sure they will make up for in enthusiasm. More details will be on the appeal website as they emerge.

If you feel that you are up to taking part, or want to help out on the day why not get in touch with HHQ and we will pass your details on to Mathew and his team.

Check out the NEWS section to see the team and rules/information for the day.


Viki Barton – Cycle Ride John o'Groates to Land's End – April/May 2013

Viki and friend Zara who lives close to Swanton Morley near The Light Dragoons base appreciates what we do for the local community.

She will be completing this mammoth ride over a two week period in support of two charities that are close to her heart, the Matthew Project and The Colonel's Appeal. Viki was planning to run this event in 2012 but unfortunately she was robbed of her bike and injured during her training.

Viki is yet to set up a donation page however once we have all the details we will let you know. This brave young woman deserves all our support. For more details contact HHQ.


Sponsored 50 Mile Walk from Cromer Pier to Swanton Morley – 15th March

Six lovely ladies from Rearsby in Leicestershire have taken up the challenge of completing this 50 mile walk for the Appeal. Two of the ladies have relatives in the Regiment and wanted to show their support by raising funds.

You can find out more, sponsor them and monitor their success by going to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Colonelsladies or contact HHQ for more details. The ladies held a meeting at one of their local pubs to organise the event, we are awaiting more photographs and information for the web site.

The walk was a huge success; the ladies enjoyed the hospitality of the regiment on completion of their mammoth trek. Their ordeal has helped to raise several thousand for the Appeal and we are all deeply grateful.

The Regimental Wives Club Calendar 2013

Wives of the Light Dragoons have got together to create a charity Calendar to raise money for the Colonel’s Appeal:

"As wives of the Light Dragoons, we are more than aware of the risks our husbands take when deployed. It is for this reason the Light Dragoons Colonel's Appeal is close to our hearts. We wanted to do something to show our support.

A group of 29 of us have got together to produce an amusing - we hope! - calendar which depicts us running Robertson Barracks while our husbands are away. We have had a great deal of fun putting it together, and hope people will support us by buying it - and that they will enjoy what we have produced!"

The calendar has been a totally Light Dragoon affair, with ex Light Dragoon Chris Jelf, now a professional photographer, giving up his time to take the photographs. In addition Jenni Sime, a Light Dragoon wife, who runs her own graphic design company, has donated her time to make the calendar look fantastic.

The calendars have been a huge success raising a substancial amount for the Appeal. There are only a few left at HHQ so why not show your support and order yours today. You can get yours at a cost of £5 plus P&P by calling 0191 239 3141

The Regimental Homecoming Parade – Derham on 5th December 2012

The Regiment will be celebrating its home coming by parading through the streets of Dereham where they are currently bases.

If the parades in Barnsley and Newcastle where a reflection of the feeling of support by the public then this homecoming parade should have a huge turnout. Why not go along and support our Regiment on this there third parade. There will be many organised parties afterwards, for more information on the parade look at www.lightdragoonsparade.com

Our good friend Paul Sandford from the Railway Tavern will be putting on drink for the soldiers.

Ray Spoors the Busking Man has raised funds at a variety of gigs between August to November

Ray who is a north east prison officer and had a brother in the regiment managed to get one or two fellow officers from HMP Northumberland to help him out in raising funds for the Appeal. Between an inmate v officers football match and Ray busking and selling his CD’s at a variety of North East gigs they managed to raise over £1400. Ray managed to find time to visit HHQ and present a cheque to Captain Ruddick prior to the North East homecoming parade. We would like to thank Ray and his fellow prison officers along with everyone who allowed Ray to use their venues for this event.

Emma Harris – Nice Marathon on Sunday 4th November

Emma absolutely hates running but managed it in 5hrs 12min, which we are all amazed by!
Please read her message below:

Dear All

I didn't want to ask for sponsorship before my marathon attempt, as quite frankly, I wasn't entirely convinced that I would get to the finish line. Ever since I was forced to endure weekly cross country running on the freezing Yorkshire Moors as a child, I have absolutely loathed running in any form, so I’m not really sure what possessed me to take on a marathon. However, from a cold start in May, the training got me through, and I am very pleased to report that I finished the Nice Marathon on Sunday 4th November. I would be eternally grateful for any donations to a charity which is very close to my heart, which would make the pain of running worthwhile!

As I am sure many of you are aware, the Light Dragoons have just returned from their fourth tour of Afghanistan, and sadly, as with the previous tours, it was not without cost. The Colonel's appeal was established to help both soldiers and families who have suffered loss and injury. The following link explains exactly why they are such an important charity. http://www.ldcolonelsappeal.com/

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and I really would be grateful to any donations at all to this really worthwhile cause.

A Bridge Day – Hosted by Peter and Liz Plant – Wednesday 7th November

Liz and Peter took the words of their son the Commanding Officer quite literally when he spoke of “Driving Hard” to achieving our target. They both took part in the "Classic Car Rally" which gave them the inspiration to do their own activity for the Appeal.

Liz and Peter are just back from their holidays, they wasted no time in contacting HHQ with a request for tickets. It seems that the event is very popular, so don’t delay get your booking form filled in or contact HHQ

You can find full details and a booking form by going to the NEWS section on the website or contact HHQ

LT COLONEL JEREMY AND DORRIT MOON’S ATTEMPT ON THE SCOTTISH ENDURANCE RIDING CLUB SILVER THISTLE AWARDS 2012

Colonel Jeremy and Dorrit have certainly earned their spurs for this one. They completed the 180km to qualify for the Silver Thistle Award culminating in a gruelling 81km trial averaging a speed of 12.66kmh.

Time in the saddle for the riders was 6hr 24mins with constant tests of both horse and rider to ensure they were fit to continue, Colonel Jeremy and Dorrit relied upon the assistance of Rachel McDonald and Caroline Hailes to get them through this challenge that has raised well over £1,000.

It looks like they were using champagne as a form of painkiller. Well done to all.

Fashion Show at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Barnsley – Friday 12th October

The Barnsley committee managed to pull off another great event. Paul, Danny, Tugg and the team created a fantastic evening and with the support of soldiers from the Regiment provided the colour and support for the show. The ladies looked fantastic in all their attire but I am sure most of the men enjoyed the swimwear. Have a look at the NEWS section for the up to date photographs.

The Great North Run on Sunday 16th September 2012

Sgt Nick Lees (LD) and his pal Mick Ayre (ex LD) will do the Great North Run The Great Trail Race and The Northumberland Half Marathon in aid of The Colonel's Appeal. Nick and the team from the LD with the QOY have just completed the C2C, not satisfied with that he is having a crack at the Great North Trail race. This is a soldier on a mission, show him your support!

News Flash!! Charles Renwick will also be taking part. Yes that’s right he has searched the family home and found a pair of running shoes circa 1980 and is in training to do his part. Well done Charlie one should always lead from the front. More details and a link to the Virgin Giving site to follow. More information from HHQ.

You can contact Nick at nicklees@hotmail.co.uk or Mick at mickayre@hotmail.co.uk.

sponsor them go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickLees.LDColonelsAppeal

Band of the Lifeguards Prom Style – Dereham Memorial Hall – Saturday 22nd September

Paul Sandford who is the Landlord of the Railway Tavern has organised this event so the folk of Dereham can once again show their support for The Light Dragoons. Paul is a lifelong friend of Major Paul Willman the Director of Music for The Lifeguards, who is keen to help out and have the chance to meet up with some of his old schoolmates.

Tickets are available at £12.00 and £10 for concessions. The hall can seat 100 with 300 standing so do not delay in requesting your tickets

For More information and tickets contact Paul Sandford at sandord-p@sky.com or contact HHQ tel: 0191 239314


Quiz Night & Auction, Longstock Village Hall, Near Stockbridge, Hampshire - Saturday 29th September

Jeremy Barkes, Simon Straker, James Cliff, James MacDonald-Smith and George Hawkins are planning a quiz night and auction in aid of the Colonel’s Appeal to take place on Saturday 29 September. Tickets are priced at £20 each, to include drinks on arrival (incl spiny norman). Bring your own picnics.

For more information contact HHQ or or to donate go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com

Nottingham's Robin Hood Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September

David Chubb called HHQ with the following report "I completed the run, a little testing to say the least, nonetheless the chief objective was to raise funds. I am humbled by people's generosity, the total has exceeded well over £3,000, it is beyond my wildest expectations and there still may be more funds to come".David would like to thank everyone who donated.

For more details contact HHQ on 0191 239 3141 or sponsor him by visiting http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidChubb24