Be part of Red, White & Blue Day on 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 & 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.

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!

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.

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

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Enter the Red, White & Blue Day Shoebox Competition

This year's Red, White & Blue Day is to be held on Friday 6th October 2017
Download this pack and you will find information and templates for our competition.

We are encouraging pupils to consider what life must be like when away from home and what their mother or big sister might miss serving our country in far-off, hostile places. Think about including a personal note or other special reminders of home, photographs, drawings, a recent art project or perhaps a scrapbook filled with mementos.

Create a box to send to your mother or sister. Make sure the items you have chosen would fit in the ‘shoe box’ and not be heavier than the restricted 2kg guideline. Include the items in a list with illustrations and say why you have chosen them.

» Click here to download the under-9-year-olds competition
» Click here to download above-10-year-olds copetition

Shoebox Competition

Notable dates

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- Operation Cheshire: Hercules of No 47 Squadron completed 600 sorties to deliver 19 million Ib of humanitarian aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina. By the end of the operation in January 1996 the RFA had delivered 26,577 tons of supplies in 1,977 sorties

- Operation Dynamo: the evacuation of Dunkirk was completed with 338,226 Allied troops brought back to the UK. In the fierce air-to-air fighting during the evacuation, the RAF lost 177 aircraft over Dunkirk, including 106 fighters: the Luftwaffe lost 132 aircraft of all types

The Soldiers' Charity
- D-day – Allied Forces land in Normandy

- Operation Overlord - Thousands of Allied troops landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans. Thousands of paratroops and glider-borne troops have also been dropped behind enemy lines and the Allies are already said to have penetrated several miles inland.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- Silver Jubilee Review of the Fleet at Spithead, Gosport, by The Queen and Lord High Admiral. It was the first Spithead fleet review to include nuclear-powered vessels but the first without battleships present. Warships: 1,212
Landing Ships and Craft: 4,026
Ancillaries: 731
Merchant Vessels: 864
Total: 6,833

- Italy declared war on Great Britain and France

The Soldiers' Charity
- The Treaty of Versailles is signed by the Germans

- The Bomber Command Memorial, in Green Park, London, was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen. The RAF Benevolent Fund is the custodian for the memorial, built to remember the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- Silver Jubilee Review of the Fleet at Spithead, Gosport, by The Queen and Lord High Admiral. It was the first Spithead fleet review to include nuclear-powered vessels but the first without battleships present.

The Soldiers' Charity
- British troops take key objectives of Mount Longdon, Two Sisters and Mount Harriet

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- Admiral Sir Percy Scott caused uproar with a famous letter to The Times in which he declared the battleship redundant.

He said: "Submarines and aeroplanes have entirely revolutionised naval warfare; no fleet can hide itself from the aeroplane eye, and the submarine can deliver a deadly attack even in broad daylight… As the motor vehicle has driven the horse from the road, so has the submarine drive the battleship from the sea."

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- King George VI visited Malta in cruiser Aurora, travelling as 'Mr Lyon'.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- Battle of Jutland takes place, representing the largest naval battle and only full-scale clash of battleships in World War One. 250 ships and more than 8,000 lives on both German and British sides were lost.

» Click here to download the WRNS 100 celebration event listing

Stop Press!

Heather Stanning, MBE will be the Head Judge for the Shoebox Competition.

» 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

Watch Red White and Blue Day films

Sending money

For details on sending money from Day


Money raised 2016 so far: £41,260.00

Registered Schools 2017: 53

Supporters 2017: 17,297

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