Hythe Ranges Open Day raises over £3,600 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Every two years as part of the Hythe Festival, Landmarc Support Services in partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) holds an open weekend at Hythe Ranges. 


36 Engineer Regiment, winners of the 2018 Lord Lieutenant’s Falling Plate Shooting competition, with the Right Worshipful Mayor of Hythe, Councillor Paul Peacock and Landmarc Team Leader, with the Lady Mayoress of Hythe, Councillor Wendy Peacock.

 The event aims to give an insight to the local community about what takes place at the facility as well as raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. All of the money has now been counted and the event has raised a massive £3,658.

This year over 5,000 people attended throughout the weekend, with visitors getting the opportunity to see historical and military weapons displays, as well as partake in tours of the facility. There was also the opportunity to watch emergency services displays and tuck into local food and refreshments.

Peter Oliver, Training Area Manager at Landmarc, who helped to organise the event said: “The Open Day was a huge success and we’re extremely pleased, not only at the amount of money raised for such a great charity, but also at how busy and enjoyable the weekend was for everyone who attended. It was wonderful to see the local community out in force and we really appreciate their constant support.

“We’re already looking at how we can build on the success of this year’s event in 2020, and we will be seeing how we can possibly introduce more support from local businesses.”

Major Beven, Senior Training Safety Officer for DIO, added: “The Hythe Ranges Open Day was an excellent example of collaboration between DIO and Landmarc along with a number of local Reserve and Cadet Units. The event was greatly enjoyed by over 5,000 visitors from the local area, with activities including archery and an air rifle range. We’d like to thank everyone who helped make the weekend such a success.”  

ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity, works to provide financial and practical support to soldiers, veterans, and their immediate family in times of need, even after they have left the Army. The £3,658 raised from this event will contribute greatly to such a worthy cause.

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