18th June 2020

We will meet again: Remembering Dame Vera Lynn

Rest in Peace Dame Vera Lynn

We were incredibly saddened to hear the news of Dame Vera Lynn’s passing. Dame Vera was a huge fan of the Trust, and we were honoured to have her as a supporter. May she rest in peace.

Popular amongst soldiers, Dame Vera Lynn earned the nickname “the forces’ sweetheart”, touring for troops in India, Egypt and Myanmar, formally known as Burma, during the War.

Dame Vera Lynn spoke of her support for the Gurkhas in 2015 when we were celebrating their 200th anniversary in the British Army.


“While touring for troops during World War Two I visited many theatres of war, including Burma and India where there was a high concentration of Gurkha units. I am therefore aware of the immense bravery and indomitable spirit of the Gurkha soldiers who battled so valiantly on our behalf.”


“It is our moral duty to help them now just as they helped us. That is why I’m proud to support The Gurkha Welfare Trust and the wonderful difference it makes to the lives of impoverished Gurkha veterans and widows.”


The Dame Vera Lynn Trust

 We have been delighted to receive support from The Dame Vera Lynn Trust, a charity set up to help children, since 1996.


“I am so happy to be able to support a charity that I hold dear.  Having visited Burma during the War, I had the opportunity of entertaining the boys out there. The Gurkhas are a wonderful people and deserve to be looked after, having given their service and their lives to us in Great Britain.”


 

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