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Registered Schools 2017: 46

Supporters 2017: 14,287

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Be part of Red, White & Blue Day on 6th October 2017

Red, White & Blue Day is being run jointly by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The RAF Benevolent Fund and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Each of these three charities is responsible for the welfare of soldiers, sailors and airmen and their families.

Once again we are taking the Red, White & Blue Day to every school in the UK, as well as military schools based overseas. Pupils can simply donate £1 and dress up in Red, White and Blue, or hold cake sales, sponsored events, or they might have weird or wonderful fundraising ideas of their own!

The money will be split between the three long-established charities which all have close ties with our Armed Forces.

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Red, White & Blue Day – Friday 6th October 2017

Every October, thousands of school children across the UK get dressed up in red, white and blue in support of the men and women of the Armed Forces. Red, White and Blue Day is a national fundraising campaign that raises money in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

For 2017 the day will be celebrating women in the forces, commemorating the 100th birthday of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and exploring all the roles women have taken up when serving their country.

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Notable dates

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- The Royal Air Force and the Women's Royal Air Force were formed.

- Operation Haven: operating from a Forward Operating Base Chinook helicopters from RAF Odiham and RAF Gutersloh commenced an airlift of humanitarian air to Kurdish refugees sheltering in Turkey and Northern Iraq.

- Flt Lt Frank Whittle ground-tested his first gas-turbine engine.

The Soldiers' Charity
- British forces surrender to Turkish forces at Kut, Mesopotamia

- Operation Manna began dropping food supplies to starving people in Holland. Over the following 10 days 250 RAF bombers flew 3,150 sorties to drop 3,700 tons of food.

The Soldiers' Charity
- Allied troops land at Gallipoli

The Soldiers' Charity
- All resistance in the Ruhr is ended – 370,000 German prisoners are taken

The Soldiers' Charity
- Argentine forces invade the Falkland islands, marking the start of the Falklands War

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- A small contingent of British Royal Navy vessels operating in the Indian Ocean are warned of the arriving Japanese Navy force.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- The British Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk by the Japanese air strike.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- The HMS Hermes is one of four Royal Navy ships sunk by Japanese Navy aircraft.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- Operation Demon is activated, covering the evacuation of some 51,000 Allied troops from southern Greece via the Royal Navy.

» Click here to download the WRNS 100 celebration event listing

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» Listen to Patty Wallis' (Project Manager) latest interview with BFBS Colchester (January 2017)

»  Women and the Royal Navy: Pioneers to Professionals - Exhibition opening February 2017

» Click here to download the Red White and Blue Day 2017 Welcome Pack

Details about our first competition will be announced shortly.

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