Military history interest led to £5,000 donation

AN INTEREST in military history has resulted in a local firm donating £5,000 to the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Charitable Trust.

Jon Ravenscroft

The Guernsey Press, via our Guernsey’s Finest Hour campaign, is supporting the trust’s fundraising appeal, which aims to install lasting memorials in Guernsey and France to the Guernseymen of the heroic First World War unit.

Members of the public and businesses have been donating to the cause, including investment services group Ravenscroft.Group chief executive Jon Ravenscroft said his own enthusiasm for the subject was one of the reasons for the generous donation.

‘I have a real fascination with military history and was already aware of the incredible sacrifice that so many Guernseymen made 100 years ago,’ he said.

‘But sadly, several generations on, I suspect very few other people are.

‘The passion, dedication and commitment of Chris Oliver and Colin Vaudin [of the RGLI Trust] to commemorate the bravery of those men is infectious and the whole island has a debt of gratitude to them for taking on what is a sizeable challenge.

‘Having heard what Chris and Colin intended to do, the team at Ravenscroft was unanimous in their support for us as a company to become the first corporate supporter with a donation of £5,000.

‘I hope other companies will follow suit to complete the fundraising as soon as possible.’

The donation is a big boost towards the trust’s £30,000 target.

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