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. The next stage is to install the plinth while the one and a half life-size monument, modelled by the sculptor Les Johnson FRBS, is taken to the chosen foundry for casting.

The Project has raised over a quarter of a million pounds (UKP) since 2008 but still has a little 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. The project team are volunteers however the project does incur some expenditure on such items as the cost of merchandise for sale e.g. miniatures of the monument, prints and other shop items, 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 when you donate that adds 25% to the value of all eligible donations.

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. 

The project has commissioned a private company to produce miniatures of the monument from a digitised scale model and these individually hand crafted little beauties are available to order through the 'Shop' pages.  Other items such as mugs and Polo/T shirts are available for sale also, along with prints of commissioned and donated original paintings - check out the new print of 'Roughers off Port Stanley - 1982'. The original painting generously donated by the marine artist Adrian Thompson will be offered for sale at auction. 

  Prince Harry (Commodore-in-Chief Small Ships & Diving) with chosen sculptor Les Johnson FRBS and Project Manager David Sandiford at Trinity House in July 2017.  Prince Harry described the concept and the design of the monument as “fantastic”.

Prince Harry (Commodore-in-Chief Small Ships & Diving) with chosen sculptor Les Johnson FRBS and Project Manager David Sandiford at Trinity House in July 2017.  Prince Harry described the concept and the design of the monument as “fantastic”.

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The current target is £340,000 (July 2018).

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