The Army Foundation College (Harrogate) has been a longstanding supporter of the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF), raising a huge amount for our charity’s work over the years.

Each year, the ABF awards the prestigious Carrington Drum to the company from each intake that raises the most funds during their time at the College. This year, it was awarded to Waterloo Company, and was presented to Junior Company Sergeant Major Barnard (Royal Logistic Corps). Waterloo Company raised an astonishing £33,861.10 through skydiving, mud runs, and other challenge events. The Runner-Up award went to Cambrai Company who raised an impressive £17,150.50.

The ABF also sponsors the Junior Regimental Sergeant Major’s (JRSM) Pace Stick, which is awarded to the best Junior Soldier from each of the College’s two annual intakes. The JRSM carries the Pace Stick when leading graduating Junior Soldiers off the parade square. This year it was awarded to JRSM Henley (Parachute Regiment).

The Army Foundation College is the only Junior Entry Phase One training establishment in the British Army. The College provides military training personal development, and education, for under 19s, that provides them with the skills to succeed in the Armed Forces, and their lives beyond the military. The college also plays an important role in introducing junior soldiers to the ABF’s work early in their Army careers and we hope they will maintain that personal link as they progress through the ranks. We are grateful to the College for its support for our work helping soldiers in need.

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