Will you help build a monument in the former HMS Vernon at Portsmouth, Hampshire to honour those involved in mine warfare, diving and bomb & mine disposal - past, present and future?
The monument will stand on a plinth in what was Vernon Creek. A modified design, celebrating the minewarfare & diving community, will be announced shortly. A moored mine will represent the naval minewarfare element (all those past, present and future involved in mine design, minelaying and mine disposal or have served in MCMVs (mine countermeasures vessels)) and at least one diver in CDBA will represent the diving element (all those past, present and future involved in naval and military diving).
The Project has raised over a quarter of a million pounds (UKP) since 2008 but still has a short distance to go. Unfortunately, precious funds are eroded by inflation as the cost of materials and services continues to rise. Thus the full amount needed increases as costs go up. Once the amount raised matches the estimate at that moment then the contract can be signed and completion achieved. The message is clear - the sooner the funds are raised the less the monument will cost.
Donations are sought and all will go towards the construction and installation of the monument. Although the project team comprises volunteers, the project does incur some expenditure on such items as the cost of merchandise for sale as well as mounting this website and the auditing requirements as required by the Charities Commission. As a registered charity, the project can process Gift Aid Certificates thus, for eligible donations, this adds 25% to the value.
If you are willing to organise a fundraising event in your area or know somebody who may be able to help then please get in touch through the 'Contact Us' page.
Please visit the 'Shop' pages where Items such as mugs and Polo/T shirts are available for sale, along with prints of commissioned and donated original paintings - check out the print of 'Roughers off Port Stanley - 1982'. The original painting has been generously donated by the marine artist Adrian Thompson and will be offered for sale at auction.
N.B. Please note that the shop is currently closed for stocktaking and shelf clearance. Orders placed during this period will be filled after 16 October.
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