Paintballers back the Poppy Appeal
GREAT Chart Paintball is officially opening its new D-Day landing arena to coincide with Remembrance Sunday on November 9 and to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.
For every 100 paintballs purchased on the day they are donating 50p to the charity, which should amount to a substantial amount of cash.
The arena is the latest addition to the venue which is at Great Chart Golf & Leisure.
Joint owner Grant Kay said: “We are pleased the Royal British Legion are allowing us to help contribute to the amazing job they do in supporting all those brave men and women who have, and still are, giving their lives so that the rest of us can live in peace.”
In the new area they have built two landing crafts arriving on a beach with tank obstacles known as “hedgehogs”, wire and smoke.
Before launching the appeal they approached Royal British Legion community fund-raiser for Kent, Clare Saunders, to get approval.
He said: “Our concern was that we did not in any way wish to disrespect the soldiers that had lived through the horrific realities of the D-Day landing when so many lost their lives.
“Clare understood our concerns but told me that everyone recognises that there is a difference between the real thing and playing games.”
Grant’s brother John Kay said that their grandfather served in the First World War at the Somme and Passchendaele and was lucky enough to return home.
He said: “We hold these brave soldiers in utmost regard. During our safety talks we also try to educate the youngsters with facts about the war, such as if a soldier stood on firm ground in the Somme it was normally a dead soldier. We also aim to erect a plaque by the arena in honour of the brave men and women.”
Great Chart Paintball now boasts five arenas for war games for players aged from eight upwards.
Those wishing to support the Poppy Appeal at the centre can turn up as groups or individuals.
Paintball teams will be supporting the Poppy Appeal
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