Two charities on either side of the Atlantic will once again join forces to raise awareness and funds for the remarkable men and women of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and search community.
In 2016, Britain’s Felix Fund and America’s EOD Warrior Foundation together held the inaugural EOD charities gala in London, UK, and are now pleased to announce another joint event on 15th September 2018. The event will be held at the Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA, USA, and will raise funds for the two charities, which support the EOD and search community.
From World War II to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, British and American bomb disposal forces have fought side by side, disarming countless improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other ordnance with courage and valour. Their service has not come without a price; many members of this community, along with their families, are battling the physical and emotional wounds of war.
What have the charities said about the event?
Ken Falke, chair of EOD Warrior Foundation, said: “Following the success of the 2016 dinner we had always planned to hold a return fixture in the USA, as we continue to forge lasting relationships between both sets of EOD and Search personnel.”
Karl Frankland, chair of Felix Fund, added: “With less public awareness for the work these personnel carry out both at home and abroad it is important that we continue to raise awareness and much needed funds. The support Felix Fund and the EOD Warrior Foundation offers is actually needed more when the guys and girls are not on operational tours.”
How do the charities help the EOD and Search community?
The aim of Felix Fund is to help personnel from any military or police unit who have been involved with EOD and Search duties. It provides welfare support and financial assistance to any cap badge / unit or regiment, as long as they have been involved with bomb disposal.
The EOD Warrior Foundation serves the US EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, families of the wounded and fallen and by maintaining the EOD Memorial at Eglin Air Force Base in FT Walton Beach, Florida.
Felix Fund is a Registered Charity, No. 1142494. EOD Warrior Foundation is a US Charity.