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In memory

Loving Tribute helps veterans rebuild their lives

Channing Day was killed in Afghanistan in October 2012 while on patrol in Helmand Province. A serving medic in 3 Medical Regiment, Channing was just 25 years old when she died. Her family wanted to remember Channing so asked for donations to Combat Stress instead of flowers at her funeral.  Since then, they’ve continued to fundraise for Combat Stress taking part in lots of different activities so that her memory lives on and the money raised provides vital services to veterans.

We have hung a plaque in the memorial garden at our Tyrwhitt House treatment centre, in memory of Channing, to recognise the incredible support of her friends and family who continue to remember her by fundraising for Combat Stress.

Here are just some examples of the incredible challenges and events Channing’s family and friends have taken part in to raise money for Combat Stress.

  • In November 2012, Channing’s friend Jody Mardling, along with the 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron and 21 Engineer Regiment all took part in the Boars Insanity Challenge, completing a gruelling 60-day workout in the amazing time of just 50 hours, raising almost £5,000.
  • In March 2013, Major Neill Bramble organised the Camp Souter Half Marathon in Kabul, Afghanistan, which saw 62 personnel running at 2,000m above sea level and raised almost £4,000.
  • Nadine Livingstone participated in the Belfast Marathon in May 2013; the Comber Young Men Football Club held a charity night that raised £600, and there have been many other fundraising events including a charity football match.
  • Channing’s grandfather Raymond has now raised an incredible amount, well over £13,000. Raymond has raised the funds through a variety of events including the sale of special badges. If you’d like to buy a badges please email Raymond.
  • Jen Crockard and 3 Medical Regiment headed out on a kayak expedition and held an auction night in Channing’s memory.

If you would like to collect donations at a funeral or in lieu of flowers, we can send you a collection tin and gift aid envelopes. Please email Francesca Crilly or call 01372 587 151.

Channing Day
Channing Day

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We would like to thank you for collecting donations at funeral services on our behalf. Your help makes our work possible.  

Encouraging Gift Aid at services

Currently £25 million each year is lost in unclaimed Gift Aid on collections. To help us claim this tax, it will be great if you can encourage donations using our collection envelopes (which includes a Gift Aid declaration) at the service.

Ordering collection envelopes and leaflets

We have collection envelopes and leaflets (which inform family and friends of the lasting impact of their donations) for use at funeral services which make it possible for us to claim Gift Aid on donations. To order these, please either call Francesca Crilly on 01372 58 7151 or email at Francesca.crilly@combatstress.org.uk and we will get them to you as soon as possible.

Sending donations

After the funeral, please send these, along with all completed Gift Aid envelopes to:

The Fundraising Team
Combat Stress
Tyrwhitt House
Oaklawn House
Leatherhead
KT22 0BX

You can also make a donation over the phone by calling us on 01372 587151 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm).

Thanking families

It is important to us that we have the opportunity of expressing our thanks to the family for thinking of the veterans during this sad time. If you can provide us with the name of the next of kin and other family members, we will be able to personally write to them thanking them for their generosity.

Contact us

If you have any questions, comments, or require further assistance please get in touch with Francesca on 01372 587144 or email francesca.crilly@combatstress.org.uk. We are keen to make this process as simple as possible for you and your family.