Children of 27 Regiment RLC were treated to some special Easter fun!
One magician, resplendent in tails and white gloves, carrying a miniature theatre, plus entertainers complete with bunny ears can only mean one thing – Easter had come to Aldershot, courtesy of the Forces Live Events (CSE) Beneficiary Fund.
Fifty children of 27 Regiment gathered at the Connaught Centre to enjoy a party full of magic, games, crafts and balloon modelling.
Cpl Bridgen approached CSE after hearing about a kids' Christmas Party they organised for 4 Regiment Royal Military Police before they disbanded.
When asked why the 27 Regiment was a deserving benefactor, he said:
“My personal opinion on dependents that are left behind when their partner/parent deploys is that they are bearing the hard part of the deployment.
“As soldiers, it is very easy for us to deploy and get over being homesick and crack on with the job.
"I have seen dependents left behind have to deal with unplanned financial issues, medical issues, loneliness, bereavement; and when the partner returns, it is the deployed person that gets the pat on the back.
"I am not saying one is harder thanthe other, but I would say is that being left behind is not easier and there is no pat on the back.”
Reflecting on the impact of the event, and the benefit made by CSE funding the children’s entertainment, Cpl Bridgen added:
“Thank you so much for your help organising the entertainment for our Easter party last night. It was a massive success; we saw a few new faces, and had a lot of good feedback.”
Getting service families together for celebrations like this strengthens the Regiment, and gives them opportunity to make friends and talk about their similar experiences.
If you are looking for live entertainment, however big or small, get in touch with CSE to find out how we can help.
As a not-for-profit organisation, any surplus we make from our commercial projects goes directly into our Beneficiary Fund, which aims to improve morale and welfare of British Armed Forces personnel and their families through a variety of event and entertainment solutions.
If you are in the military, or are part of the wider military community, and have a welfare requirement - contact us for more information about the CSE Beneficiary Fund and/or an application form.