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October: Future of the Trust


To all DDMT Friends and Supporters

We write to let you know that, after nearly ten highly successful years, the Dalzell family and the Trustees have decided to close the Trust.  The purpose of this message is to let you know why they made this decision and to thank you for all the support you have so kindly given over the years.

Colette and I created DDMT because we wanted to give something back to injured service men and women and their families feeling that this is what Dougie would have wanted.  We have been overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and support the Trust has received from so many over the years, especially from Dougie's young friends.  Close to £1,000,000 has been raised and distributed to worthy causes - service men and women who needed help.  Now that the incidence of military casualties has - thankfully - reduced and the young helpers, who have been crucial to the Trust's success, face the increased pressure of growing families and demanding careers, we decided it was time to "draw stumps".  I have also always felt that, if the Trust is to be dissolved it should happen when it is strong and flourishing.  The Trust is indeed strong with major funds in the bank.

We expect that operations of the Trust will continue until June 2020.  Meantime it will run normally, making donations to qualifying military beneficiaries.  Sadly we have decided not to hold this year's Carol Service but plans are under way to hold a 10 year Memorial Carol Service in 2020.

DDMT would never have got to where it is without your generous support and enthusiasm.  We are hugely grateful and very much hope we will be able to keep in touch.

Very best