Message from our Patron, The Lord Richards of Herstmonceaux, GC CBE DSO, on the occasion of the 2018 Carol Service.
Thank you all for supporting the Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust by attending this eighth annual carol concert here at St Mary Abbotts Church.
Over the years, it has been a great honour for me to support the Trust from its fledgling activities in the aftermath of Dougie’s death, to what the Trust is today with its outstanding track-record as a friend, champion and committed supporter of servicemen and women and their families.
For many reasons the role of civil society has become ever more essential in our country. And civil society is just a way of saying ‘people’. People and their communities are our nation’s lifeblood and will continue to be the essence of what makes our country great, in spite of the ebb and flow of political and economic change.
Government rightly has responsibilities, and so do the Armed Forces, for those who have served and made sacrifices for our country. But people do too, and nothing epitomizes more the gratitude and support of the people of Great Britain for those who have given everything for their country than the DDMT.
From the death in battle of one outstanding man and soldier has sprung the most amazing story of hope, respect and generosity. The Trust represents a community, an attitude and a goodwill – all in Dougie’s name and image. I believe the reason that the DDMT has been such a success is not only due to the ongoing dedication and hard work of its team, and the support of its friends and donors, but because of Dougie himself and everything he stood for. What an extraordinary legacy has been built around his memory and his example. He has inspired young and old alike, and touched the lives of many thousands more people than he ever met. And he has materially improved the lives of the most deserving in our community who needed a little help along the way.
Respect for the bravery, sacrifice, generosity of spirit and infectious joy Dougie represents as well as for the countless sacrifices made by others in the service of our nation, has led to a great outpouring of gratitude and affection which this Trust has embodied and indeed often been at the heart of.
I am both proud and humbled to be involved with the DDMT. On behalf of all of us at the Trust we would like to thank you and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.