David Cameron MP visited the Allandale Youth Centre in Carterton on 22 June. During his visit he met children and young people who are benefitting from new activities which are being provided at the centre.
Over £19,000 was raised on the day through bucket collections and donations which will be divided equally between the three national charities of the British Armed Forces - Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers' Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Speaking on behalf of the three charities, Brigadier Peter Walker expressed his delight for the support given to the Royal Navy, Army and RAF and their three charities. The Armed Forces personnel at the event were made very welcome by the Racecourse staff resulting in an outstanding day. The response from serving personnel who assisted on the day summed it up, their farewell comments consistently being 'Can we come again next year!'
Paul Hewson, Regional Director at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund said: 'The three charities wholeheartedly thank the Trustees of Royal Ascot, and of course, the generous racegoers.
'It was great to see members of the armed forces engaging with the race-going public at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting last Friday.
'It was clear to see the high regard in which our Armed Forces are held. The magnificent support and generous donations to the service charities made by the public was the 'icing on the cake' at a truly memorable occasion.'
Nick Smith, spokesman for Royal Ascot, said the three charities had been chosen because 'the racecourse felt the Armed Forces was an incredibly worthy cause'.
All the money raised on the day will go towards the three charities' work supporting serving and retired military personnel and their families.