Each year through the generous support of our audiences we raise funds for various charities who work to assist veterans and those serving in our Armed Forces. One of the charities we support is Troop Aid.

The organisers of the Birmingham International Tattoo would like to offer thanks to all those who attended the 2017 Tattoo and helped us raise an additional £15,000 for forces charities Troop Aid and The Royal Star and Garter Homes.

Supporting Troop Aid

Money raised during the Saturday performance of the Tattoo goes to Troop Aid.

When service personnel are injured either on training exercise or in combat operations they are admitted to hospital without their personal effects or clothing. Troop Aid supplies them with a grab bag of the 'basic essentials'. Items in the Grab Bag include T-shirt and shorts, washing and shaving kit, towel, face flannel, toothpaste, toothbrush, shower mules, socks, underwear, pen and paper. They also make up Grab Bags for injured female service personnel. In addition to this emergency pack they also supply on demand to the injured service personnel many other items of clothing and footwear such as tracksuits, hoodies, fleeces and trainers.

Troop Aid deal directly with the Defence Medical Welfare Service and other military medical establishments in the UK where there is a need. Their Grab Bags are currently being used in the Field Hospitals in Cyprus and Kenya, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and the Ministry of Defence Hospital Units in Plymouth, Portsmouth, Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Medical Centre ITC Catterick Garrison and MDHU Northallerton.

It costs £30.00 to make up one of their Grab Bags and the Tattoo organisers are pleased to be able to support fundraising at this year's Tattoo once again to support this worthy cause. For more information or to make a donation to Troop Aid please visit their website.

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