Over 550 people attended the Fourth Annual DDMT Carol Service last Thursday 11th December, which was universally acclaimed as the best ever. The beautiful church of St. Mary Abbotts', High Street Kensington, provides the perfect setting for family, friends and supporters of the Trust to come together to remember Dougie and all those who give so much for their country in the Armed Forces.
A fanfare from the Band of the Grenadier Guards was followed by rousing singing, powerful lessons from our readers, Jeremy Paxman, Tom Hollander, Alexander Hanbury (A level student, who raised over £10,000 walking between Coldstream and London) and Major General Arthur Denaro during a moving service led by the Reverand Gillean Craig.
Matthew Burrows, DDMT's Chairman, spoke of the truly transformative effect donations have on wounded service personnel and thanked all who had worked so hard to raise funds for the Trust in Dougie's name and memory.
The serious part of the evening being over, guests made the most of the delicious wine generously provided by Gus Rodgers (JF Tobias) and the food from volunteers.
The Trust is enormously grateful to all its wonderful supporters who raised a terrific £17,000 + on the evening.
Pictures below include Angus and Anthony Dalzell with Fundraiser/reader Alexander Hanbury, Jeremy Paxman who read an extract from "The Christmas Truce" and Tom Hollander who read "To Victory" by Siegfried Sassoon.