Fantastic Fundraisers

Many people raise funds for the National Memorial Arboretum in a multitude of ways. Here are the stories of a few…


Founded in 2008 by Martin Dickinson, Ride to the Wall (RTTW) sees thousands of bikers gather together every October to ride to the Arboretum and the Armed Forces Memorial to pay their respects to our serving and fallen Service men and women.

In doing so, they raise funds solely for the purpose of perpetuating their memory. “Remembering those who can no longer ride by our side”.

The RTTW event in 2014 saw over 5,500 motorbikes on site and more than 5,000 people gather to help celebrate the RTTW event. The fantastic team managed to raise an amazing £90,500 for the National Memorial Arboretum.

Please visit our events pages for further information on this years Ride to the Wall event.


William Coltman VC Memorial Walk

On Sunday 2nd August 2015, staff, volunteers & supporters came together to organise the 2015 Walk to the Wall event, which this year took a different direction. The group were joined by JB Kind, a local door manufacturing company and the ‘William Coltman VC Memorial Walk’ was created. The event was to celebrate the local World War 1 hero William Coltman, a stretcher bearer who earned a Victoria Cross for his bravery. The group walked from his grave in Winshill, Burton upon Trent to his memorial tree here at the Arboretum and it was a mammoth 15 miles! This was made even more of an achievement thanks to the group carrying a door, from JB Kind of course along the way with them.

The group have raised more than £5,000 for the Arboretum which will go towards our Capital Appeal for our new Remembrance Centre.