Fund for late Yateley marine reaches winter targetBy Laura Nightingale
January 10, 2013
A YATELEY widow has reached her £100,000 Christmas fundraising target to buy a beach hut for injured soldiers and their families to use.
Yateley lad and Royal Marine Commando Adam Brown was killed while serving in Afghanistan at just 25-years-old.
One of Adam’s dreams was to own a beach hut at Mudeford in Dorset where he spent many a childhood holiday with his family. His widow, Amy Tardelli-Brown, started a fundraising campaign two months after Adam died in August 2010 to purchase a beach hut, not only to fulfil his dream, but to support other marines and families in need of a quiet place to relax and reflect.
On Christmas Day she reached her winter target for Adam’s Hoofing Hut and this week announced forthcoming fundraising events to help achieve the final funding of the campaign.
Mrs Tardelli-Brown said: “I would like to thank everyone who has helped us get so far and we do hope this will be the year we reach our final target.
“I would like to thank all the staff, parents and children at Westfields infant and junior School for their efforts.
“This is the best Christmas present ever to reach such an amazing goal. We will have the beach hut before we know it.”
Last November a curry night was held at Bridges Coffee and Dining and raised £1,111 for the fund. At the start of last month, around 80 men and women took part in a sleigh pull challenge from London to Brighton and raised £5,000 for the project.
Nearer Christmas, Westfields Junior School hosted a winter wonderland with an ice-rink and bouncy castle in their school playground and shopping stalls inside the school.
On Tuesday, January 8 Mrs Tardelli-Brown collected two cheques, totalling nearly £1,000 from the school in Yateley. She is waiting for the cheque from the sleigh pull before she updates her JustGiving donation page.
To kick start 2013, she announced that there will be a bucket drop at London Irish’s next home game on January 19. A Zumba-thon is also planned for the end of the month before Adam’s birthday on February 25.
The charity has now become affiliated with the Royal Marines Association, which is helping the charity reach its £160,000 target.