THE DUKE OF SUSSEX TO ATTEND THE LORD MAYOR’S BIG CURRY LUNCH
The Guildhall, London
Thursday 4th April, 2019
The Duke of Sussex will attend the twelfth annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch in aid of the three National Service Charities: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
The lunch, which is hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, has raised over £1.9m since 2008 and is expected to reach the £2m milestone this year, with the money being used to support soldiers and veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each year, former and current serving soldiers and officers sit down to a buffet curry lunch in the Guildhall’s Great Hall with the charities’ beneficiaries and supporters. They are joined by members of both Houses of Parliament; the Ministry of Defence ministerial team and a wide cross-section of City professionals and business leaders.
A proportion of proceeds from this year’s lunch will fund veterans to take part in a programme designed to help them manage their pain and subsequently find meaningful work. One of the biggest inhibitors to veterans getting into the world of work can be chronic pain. Edward VII Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health has developed – and tested – the six-month long programme specifically for veterans. The Duke will meet two veterans during the engagement that have already completed the programme and are now in employment.
In addition, His Royal Highness will meet beneficiaries and their families, as well as key supporters of the three national service charities, the curry lunch Head Chef and musicians playing in the Hall. On departure, The Duke will view a commemorative garden that has been designed to mark the partnership with KEVII Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health pain management programme.
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