Grantham Journal Children’s Fund among charities supported by unit based at town barracks

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Soldiers at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with an informal gathering.

And we are thankful that organisers chose to raise money for the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund during the evening, in addition to the Army Benevolent Fund and Mencap.

Lieutenant colonel Ian Hurley, commanding officer to 2 Operational Support Group, said: “My team and I decided it would be fitting to comemmorate the anniversary in some way.

“We didn’t want anything too formal so we decided to have a social gathering in our function room.”

The film Waterloo was showing in the background and guests took part in a Waterloo-based quiz.

A raffle was held, raising over £600 which was split between the three good causes.

Lt Col Hurley said he was staggered by the “incredible generosity” of local businesses who donated prizes to the raffle, and thanked his colleague, staff sergeant Geri Beaser, for her efforts in securing them.

He added: “It was a good opportunity to see if we could raise some money and it really exceeded my expectations.”

Around 70 people attended the event, all associated with 2 Operational Support Group. The unit consists of 162 reservists and 14 permanent staff, made up of people from all over the country.