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October 4th 2016

Raising funds for military charities

Glenn White at Rampton Hospital

A Retford-based reservist has raised £2,800 for charity after organising an outdoor event and a black tie dinner in his home town.

Sergeant Glenn White, aged 43, serves with the Army Reserve’s 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron, and works full-time as a Crafts Assistant for Mitie at Rampton Hospital. He decided to organise the charity events in his spare time as he wanted to raise the profile of the Armed Forces community in Retford and raise vital funds for military charities close to his heart.

Recently returning from a 158 Regiment annual camp in Cyprus, Glenn explained: “I served as a regular (full-time) soldier for 21 years in the Royal Logistics Corps, before becoming a reservist.

“In my current job, although I am employed by Mitie, I am contracted to work at Rampton Hospital, managed by Nottinghamshire Healthcare, meaning I come into contact with lots of different people from different backgrounds – although the common theme is always the same they are interested in my part-time military commitments and like to hear about training activities I have been involved in.

“I organised two events earlier this year to raise the profile of the Armed Forces: the first took place ahead of Armed Forces Day at Kings Park in Retford and was attended by about 600 local people.

“The second event was a black tie dinner that was ticket-only, 90 people attended this which was great for the first time it had ever taken place.”

Jointly the two charity events raised £2,800 and the money was split between the Royal British Legion, RAFA, Help for Heroes and Unload, a new local charity for veterans in Nottinghamshire.  Glenn presented individual cheques to the organisations at a special ceremony held at Retford Town Hall on 26 September.

Glenn explained that he was overwhelmed with the amount of support he received from the local community in organising the events in Retford, receiving 49 donated raffle prizes that were auctioned at the dinner event and having a 100% attendance rate for tickets purchased.

Glenn continued: “This year our special dinner guest went down a storm. It was double Invictus Games gold award winner Luke Wigman who previously served with the RAF.”

"In my current job, although I am employed by Mitie, I am contracted to work at Rampton Hospital, managed by Nottinghamshire Healthcare, meaning I come into contact with lots of different people from different backgrounds – although the common theme is always the same they are interested in my part-time military commitments and like to hear about training activities I have been involved in."