The Carrington Drum is a year-long event by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity where Army units challenge themselves in unique ways to raise money for soldiers, veterans and their families. This year saw the Army Foundation College (AFC) Harrogate take first place for the third year in a row.

Historically, units have organised fun days, mountain climbs, coffee mornings, lorry pulls, log runs, car washes and more to raise vital funds. Amongst a host of fundraising activities, AFC Harrogate took the competition a step further by successfully completing ‘the world’s toughest row’ across the Atlantic Ocean in 37 days. The incredible efforts of the four-man team also made team member, Kingsman Kian Helm, the fastest teenager to row the Atlantic at age 18.

The winners of the 2019/20 Carrington Drum are:

  • 1st place – AFC Harrogate
  • 2nd place – 29 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC)
  • 3rd place – 63 Works Group, 170 Engineers Group

The 29 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was also busy with its fundraising efforts, including sending support teams to assist with multiple national events such as the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch, Rifle Run and the London Marathon. Led by Commanding Officer, WO2 Dunmore, the unit also arranged quiz evenings, concerts, Big Curry lunches and more.

To secure third place, the 63 Works Group, 170 Engineers Group organised a Freedom of Beeston Parade, Gurkha Everest Expedition Presentation, Christmas Balls and more.

Due to COVID-19, the official presentations will be arranged later this year. We thank every unit that took part in this highly competitive challenge and look forward to seeing more incredible fundraising activities taken on to support soldiers, veterans and their families.

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