On Saturday 9th November a special event was held at Arundel Castle as part of the charity Care for Veterans’ centenary year…

‘A Century in Music, Prose and Poetry’ was organised by the charity to celebrate 100 years of providing care to our nation’s veterans, often at a time when they are facing the toughest battle of their lives. Guests at the event journeyed, decade by decade, through the last century, highlighting major events for both the country and the charity, with each decade being celebrated in either music, prose or poetry.

Celebrity guests, who read the prose and poetry, included James Bolam, Susan Jameson, Tim Wonnacott, Christopher Timothy and Nicholas Witchell, along with High Sheriff of West Sussex, Davina Irwin-Clark, Dame Vera Lynn’s daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, and Care for Veterans’ Chairman, Commodore James Fanshawe CBE.

Musical performances were given by pianist Lucy Goldberg, singer Ryan Mac, and musicians David Moore and David Rockall. The evening was attended by The Duchess of Norfolk.

Since 1919, Care for Veterans has provided care and rehabilitation to physically disabled ex-Service personnel and provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and award-winning end of life care – all delivered from its 60-bed facility on Boundary Road, Worthing.

Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Care for Veterans, Elizabeth Baxter, said: “We are indebted to The Duke and Duchess of Norfolk who kindly donated Arundel Castle for our event. Special thanks also to the wonderful celebrities and guest readers who came to make this a very special evening, and to everyone who bought tickets, helping to raise vital funds for the care and rehabilitation of our heroes.”