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.
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
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
Hover over the dates in bold to view notable dates in history and important dates
RAF1988 - RAF air-sea rescue units were involved in one of the most intensive operations ever launched in their support of the rescue efforts in the wake of the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster.
RAF1969 - The first detachment of RAF support helicopters was despatched to Northern Ireland to assist the British Army in their peacekeeping role in the violence between Protestant and Catholic communities.
The Soldiers' Charity1916 - Battle of the Somme
The Soldiers' Charity1917 - Battle of Passchendale
The Soldiers' Charity1941 - Mutual Assistance agreement between British and Soviets
» Click here to download the WRNS 100 celebration event listing
Heather Stanning, MBE will be the Head Judge for the Shoebox Competition.
» Women and the Royal Navy: Pioneers to Professionals - Exhibition opening February 2017
Money raised 2016 so far: £41,260.00
Registered Schools 2017: 53
Supporters 2017: 17,297