I made a special New Year visit to Nehemiah Housing Association offices today to present them with a certificate of thanks for the £9,500 donation from their charity gala dinner. They were also presented with a Caribbean Service Personnel Poppy Flower (symbolic of Jamaican colours in this case).
It was indeed a pleasure to do so as Nehemiah now leads the way with their financial support to TNCMC.
CEO Llewelyn Graham (left) accepting the TNCMC certificate and Poppy Flower, from Donald Campbell Chairman TNCMC, on behalf of Nehemiah Housing Association.
Nehemiah Press Release
Nehemiah Housing's 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner Raises £9,500 For The National Caribbean Monument Charity
West Midlands-based housing association Nehemiah Housing's charity event, held recently to mark its 30th anniversary and to raise funds for The National Caribbean Monument Charity (TNCMC), has been hailed a big success.
The housing association has over the last year held around 30 events as part of its anniversary celebrations - and the fundraising dinner for TNCMC, held as the final event in the year long celebrations, raised £9,500 for the charity.
Llewellyn Graham, Chief Executive of Nehemiah Housing says: "We're delighted by how well our gala evening went and that we were able to raise a significant amount for TNCMC as a result.
"We were honoured to be joined by VIP guests Julia Willoughby, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands; Councillor Mohammed Azim, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham; Wade Lyn, Jamaica's Honorary Consul; and Lieutenant Colonel Tim Petransky of the Regiment of Scotland who came with a message of congratulations from the Queen.
"In addition, Mr Jarrett, a World War Two veteran who served in the Royal Air Force, joined us for the evening, and many serving and retired servicemen and women also attended from the RAF and Army.
"We are so pleased and proud of the number of very special and important individuals who joined us for our fundraising dinner and helped make the whole event the success it was."
"We have this year celebrated 30 years of helping to build successful and sustainable communities by providing housing and wellbeing services to the diverse peoples within the West Midlands - and what better way to celebrate than by showing our support for TNCMC, a charity whose aim is to install a befitting monument in the National Memorial Arboretum in recognition of the sacrifices and contributions made by Caribbean military personnel who served in the British armed forces and merchant navy.
"We're delighted we've been able to raise vital funds for TNCMC thanks to the incredible support shown by everyone on the night of our fundraising dinner, and to contribute towards the charity's worthy aim of creating a lasting legacy for generations to come," adds Llewellyn Graham.
During the evening Wade Lyn Jamaica's Honorary Consul read a message from His Excellency Mr. Seth George Ramocan, CD, Jamaica's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. It read "You have a rich history which reflects the experience of the Windrush generation and tells the courageous story of men and women from the churches in Birmingham who have worked hard and overcome many hurdles to establish the association in 1989. A hearty congratulations on your 30th anniversary and I wish you many more years of blessing and success in your future endeavours."
Donald Campbell Chair of The National Caribbean Monument Charity commented: "I would like to say a big thank you to Nehemiah and all their guests who raised a fantastic amount for us. We are progressing well to meet our target. TNCMC is committed to the memory of all Caribbean military personnel who made such a difference to Britain during both World Wars and other conflicts and wants to create a legacy for both today's generation and future generations.
"An estimated 15,600 men served with the Allied forces during World War One, with a total of 81 medals for bravery won by these volunteers and 49 men named in despatches.
"During World War Two, an incredible 16,000 West Indians volunteered for service to Britain.
"The charity aims to create a lasting monument and earlier this year launched an appeal to raise £500,000 to make this happen and for there to be a monument at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire."
To find out more about Nehemiah Housing and its celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary, visit www.nehemiah.co.uk and to find out more about TNCMC visit https://www.tncmc.org/
Left to right - Nehemiah Housing Chief Executive Llewellyn Graham presenting the cheque for £9,500 to Donald Campbell from TNCMC.
Blog by Don Campbell