The NMA Appeal

The National Memorial Arboretum Appeal was set up to ensure that the necessary facilities for widows, families, comrades and the public were provided. In time, the Arboretum seeks to become a world class Centre for Remembrance.

The National Memorial Arboretum Appeal was launched on Friday 24 April 2009 by its patron, HRH Prince William of Wales – now HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG, with a target of £8m. In 2010/11 the plans were reviewed in the light of the continuing high numbers of visitors and it was decided that a major area for outside events such as Armistice Day was needed together with a canopy for shelter. Hence the figure rose to £12m.

The Appeal will fund the building of a Pavilion to provide a venue for functions, events and acts of Remembrance for the 200 military units, ex-Service groups and other interested parties to meet. It will also enable the Arboretum to expand its work with children from 5,000 a year to 10,000 a year, through the creation of a dedicated Education Centre.

In addition there will be an Interpretation area which will present the meaning of Remembrance.These, together with better facilities – reception area, restaurant, café, shop – which will provide a much more appropriate experience particularly for those who have had long journeys.

The Armed Forces Memorial, which was dedicated by HM The Queen in 2007, is the reason that many people travel to this unique place.

Since then, many more memorials have been added to the site including the Basra Wall, the new RAF Memorial, the new RNLI memorial, the Polish Memorial Armed Forces Memorial and many more.

As the Centre of National Remembrance, the stunning and moving National Memorial Arboretum plays a leading role in many Remembrance occasions.

Major-General Patrick Cordingley, who commanded the Desert Rats in the first Gulf War and is Chairman of the Appeal, said: "The Arboretum has become a place in which the Nation comes to remember and pays tribute to our Armed Forces. I've met no one who has failed to be incredibly moved by their visit here, especially when seeing the massed ranks of names on the towering Portland Stone walls of the Armed Forces Memorial."

Donations can be made to the Appeal now by clicking on the leaf below, or send cheques payable to the "National Memorial Arboretum Appeal" to: NMA Appeal Office, 1 Fitzgerald Road, London SW14 8HA.

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The National Memorial Arboretum Appeal Council

Appeal Patron
HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG

Appeal Chairman
Major General Patrick Cordingley DSO

Appeal Vice Chairman
James Leavesley DL

National Appeal Council
Lady Annunziata Asquith
Susan Bell OBE
Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL
Robin Broadhurst CVO CBE
David Childs CBE
Lady Clarke
Air Chief Marshal Sir David Cousins KCB AFC
Major General Arthur Denaro CBE DL
The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL
Susan Hampshire OBE
Sara Jones CBE JP DL
Penelope Keith CBE DL
Colonel Oliver Lee OBE RM
Katie Neilson DL
Fred Pritchard
The Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE
Brigadier Michael Smythe OBE
Major General Edward Smyth-Osbourne CBE
The Lord Stafford DL
Graham Stow CBE DL
Jacqui Thompson
Lee Titcumb
Major General The Duke of Westminster KG CB CVO OBE TD CD DL
Robert Whetstone
Sir Bernard Zissman

National Memorial Arboretum Managing Director
Sarah Montgomery

National Memorial Arboretum Appeal Manager
June Beedham

Paving stones in our new Heroes' Square are now available for dedication. Click here for more information.

Patron of the Appeal HRH Prince William meets Ms Penelope Keith and Mr Rodney Timson (photo Theodore Wood)
Patron of the Appeal, HRH Prince William meets Ms Penelope Keith and Mr Rodney Timson - Photo courtesy of Theodore Wood

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