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Working in conjunction with Radley College and Downe House School, we are fundraising to support the education of children of armed forces personnel of any rank who have been killed or wounded in current conflict.

The children who benefit from The Armed Forces Fund will attend either Radley College, Downe House or St Mary’s Calne, and The Armed Forces Fund is one of our main school charities.

Currently 15 families with 33 children have approached the Fund; 4 fathers died in service and 10 fathers and 1 mother were seriously wounded. Six carefully means-tested bursary awards have been made to date. However, there are further applications waiting for finance and whilst every effort is being made within the Foundations of the three schools to raise funds in support, we estimate £5 million will be required to meet the requests for help that we continue to receive. To date, the three schools have raised just over £2.3m.

Find out how the Armed Forces Fund is already helping below.

Click below to view the Armed Forces Fund Brochure

How the Armed Forces Fund is already helping

The first recipient of an Armed Forces Fund award joined the LIV Form (Year 7) at St Mary’s in September 2013, and the second recipient joined the LIV Form in September 2016. Two awards have been committed to two girls joining in September 2018. The fund currently stands at £2.3m.

In March 2017, we offered the exciting opportunity to attend the World Film Premiere of Another Mother's Son, starring Jenny Seagrove and Ronan Keating. Approximately 50% of each ticket sale went to the Armed Forces Fund. 

In September 2016, we teamed up with the producers of The Go-Between, starring Michael Crawford, to dedicate a special performance of the musical to help fundraise towards the Armed Forces Fund. Our previous Cantabile Concerts, featuring, the Treorchy Male Choir and the Warminster Military Wives, both raised around £6,000 for the Armed Forces Fund, and our Opera Gala Night in March 2014 raised over £11,500. The 2014 Silver Ball, a triennial event held in partnership with Radley College and Downe House, has to date raised over £400,000.


The Calne Foundation Trust

St Mary's School
63 Curzon Street
SN11 0DF
United Kingdom





Charity No. 1147327

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