Veterans donate £500 to new museum trust

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lynne Stagg, with Frank Rosier who is handing over the cheque for the trust.''''Picture: Ellie Pilmoor
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lynne Stagg, with Frank Rosier who is handing over the cheque for the trust.''''Picture: Ellie Pilmoor
The Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as seen from HMS Somerset in the Moray Firth

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A NEW trust to support a war museum has received its first donation.

The D-Day Museum, on Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, is looking to set up a new charitable trust to support any future changes to the museum.

And, the new trust got its first donation of £500 from the Normandy Veterans.

The veterans received an award for their work at the museum and made a group decision to donate their cash winnings to the museum.

Although the trust still has to be finalised, the money was graciously accepted by the museum.

Andrew Whitmarsh, development officer at the D-Day Museum, said: ‘We are very thankful to the veterans who decided to donate their money to the trust.

‘It is fantastic that they understand the future we want the museum to have and how hard we will be working to get it up to scratch.’

The money will be used for a number of things including new displays and cabinets.

Andrew added: ‘A lot of the displays are the originals from the 1980s so it would be nice to modernise them a bit and make them worthy of the objects in them.

‘We have a lot planned for the museum which will only be achieved through the trust.

‘We do get help from Portsmouth City Council but, if we have a trust status, then we can apply for grants that we wouldn’t have been able to before.

‘The museum will be the centre of attention for the 70th anniversary of D-Day next year. We want to spruce it up a bit.’

The Normandy Veterans have been helping out at the museum for more than 10 years.

Many of them travel to the museum two or three times a week to talk to visitors and answer their questions.

So, it was an easy decision for them to donate the first sum of money.

Jim Tuckwell, 90, from Gosport, said he is happy that the veterans can contribute to the future of the museum.

He said: ‘The £500 is going into a good project and I think it will start off a great future for the museum and the city.

‘We get so many people from other countries and areas of England visiting the museum so it would be nice to see more money going into it.’’

For more information on the museum visit ddaymuseum.co.uk