David Haythornthwaite, Chairman of Tangerine Group in Lytham St Anne’s and owner of AFC Fylde football club, was presented with the prestigious Montgomery Bowl at an awards ceremony in London last week.
David is the founder and current President of the Lytham St Anne’s St. George’s Day Charity festival, which will next year celebrate its 10th anniversary. The event, which has now become a permanent fixture on the Fylde and Lancashire social calendar, is spread over six days around St George’s Day itself, which this year raised more than £100,000 for charities, including The Soldiers’ Charity, Trinity Hospice & Love Lowther.
Speaking at the ceremony, Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at The Soldiers’ Charity, paid tribute to David’s fundraising actions: “Over the last nine years, David Haythornthwaite has raised more than £200,000 for The Soldiers’ Charity and we are extremely grateful for his efforts. He is well deserving of this award, which we present to him as a small token of our appreciation.”
Commenting on his award, David said:
“I am extremely proud to receive this award as I am a passionate supporter of The Soldiers’ Charity, who support our service men. Some of these soldiers suffer from terrible injuries and without the help of the Charity, their life would be a misery, so I hope I’ve been able to make a difference.”
It was presented by WO1 Army Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton, a trustee of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the National Charity of the British Army – prior to the annual Beating of the Retreat on Horseguards Parade, and each year recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Charity.
Although exact figures have not yet been published, many thanks are extended to the 1000’s of local people and visitors that attended the many events at this years festival, the support from all the volunteers, contributions to raffle and auction prizes by local business & organisations too. Every year it gets bigger and better. Looking forward to many more fruitful years.
Some great stories of individuals that have benefited from The Soldiers Charity coming soon.