Join us for an evening of remembrance with readings and music this November. The evening is once again being organised to raise funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS and Glen Art. There will be readings from a selection of people, including Dr William Frankland MBE, Colonel Stuart Tootal DSO OBE and Sergeant Steve Heaney MC.
The evening will take place on 11 November at St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street and tickets can be purchased for £15 from www.glenart.co.uk
Dr William Frankland MBE
Born in Cumbria in 1912, Dr Franklin turned 103 in March. After studying medicine at Oxford University, he worked at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington before the outbreak of WWII. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, but spent over three years as a prisoner of war in Singapore. After the war, his passion soon became allergies and his achievements include the introduction of the pollen count to the British public and the prediction of increased levels of allergy to penicillin.
Colonel Stuart Tootal DSO OBE
Former Commanding Officer of 3 PARA, Colonel Tootal left The Parachute Regiment in 2008. 3 PARA were the first UK unit to be sent to Afghanistan in 2006 under Stuart’s leadership and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for this. Drawing on his experiences in the Regiment, Stuart is now a motivational leadership speaker and has also written a book on his time in Afghanistan.
Sergeant Steve Heaney MC
Steve joined the British Army in 1986 and was posted to 3 PARA in 1987, where he saw active service in Northern Ireland and trained overseas in the US, Kenya and Cyprus. In 1990, aged only twenty, he became the youngest soldier ever to pass the rigorous selection process for the Pathfinders. Heaney was awarded the Military Cross for his actions as Pathfinder Platoon Sergeant in Sierra Leone. Since leaving, Steve has worked in close protection as well as becoming a military advisor. He is also an established motivational speaker and has recently written a book about his time in Sierra Leone.