The Spirit of Normandy Trust is currently
receiving a very high number of requests
to interview Normandy Veterans, many of which we are still working on to
achieve the best results. The process is lengthy and complicated because of the
GDPR regulations, and takes a great deal of time. The Trust has no employed staff and every
request needs to be actioned by a limited number of volunteer staff. Additionally we have a duty of care to the
veterans to ensure that they are not exhausted by the number of interview that
they are asked to undertake. Therefore, regrettably, we are unable to accept
any new media requests relating to D Day veterans at this time.

75th Anniversary D- Day Dinner

The Spirit of Normandy Trust and The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans took six Normandy Veterans to a formal Mess dinner at the invitation of the Military Academy at Shrivenham. The veterans were there as guests of honour as the dinner was being held to Mark the 75th anniversary of D Day. They were treated to an excellent meal and enjoyable evening.

99th Birthday!

On Saturday 4th May, Mary & Ian Stewart were privileged to be invited by the Southend Normandy Veterans Group along with members and other guests, including Trevor Beattie & his brother Pete, to attend the 99th birthday celebration of Don Sheppard Leg.d’hon. It was a most memorable evening shared by his family, many friends and long term supporters of the veterans. After the splendid meal Don presented a cheque for £3000 to the Spirit of Normandy Trust.

Such donations, are very much appreciated, especially in this 75th Anniversary year of the Normandy Campaign during which the Trust has many extra commitments, for events and to help ensure the wellbeing of the veterans; but also to ensure that pledges made can be continued well into the future.

A big THANK YOU to all concerned.

A painting commissioned to mark his 99th birthday by the artist, Patience Williams.

Frank Courtauld

One of our followers is trying to find out more information about their grandfather who is the late Frank Courtauld. The attached photo was taken in 2002 showing the Folkestone and Croydon branches of the Normandy Veterans Association. They were gathered at St Mary’s in Castro Church at Dover Castle to commemorate the 58th anniversary of D-Day. Frank is second from left. The follower wants to find out more about Frank and the role he played in the war. If you knew Frank and could help with information then please comment on this post.