Tickets For Troops reach 500,000th donated ticket milestone
5 June 2014 15:00
By Tom Burrows
Tickets For Troops
Tickets For Troops have been working with Gloucester Rugby to provide tickets for troops and the Cherry and Whites have been supporting the scheme for the past two seasons.
The 500,000th ticket distributed milestone was marked by the Prime Minister and The FA, ahead of the England vs Peru, World Cup warm-up match at Wembley last week, where over 1,000 troops cheered on the national football team.
One of the lucky troops, Lance Corporal Louize Watson of 22 Signal Regiment was presented with the 500,000th ticket by Prime Minister David Cameron and England Football Manager Roy Hodgson at St George's Park this week.
Lance Corporal Louize Watson was extremely excited to be the half a millionth donated ticket recipient and said;
"Tickets For Troops is a big help to everyone within the military. I would not have been able to attend this occasion if it wasn't for the charity. They are a fabulous organisation who give so many opportunities to troops and their families."
Prime Minister David Cameron has supported Tickets For Troops from day one and was pleased to help us mark our celebrations yesterday. He said;
"I'd like to congratulate Tickets for Troops on reaching such an impressive milestone. Our Armed Forces make sacrifices every day to keep us safe and we have a duty to ensure we are doing all we can for them in return.
"That is why the Government has set up the Armed Forces Covenant to encourage businesses, local authorities and communities to give something back to our troops.
"This scheme is exactly the kind of thing we want to encourage and is a wonderful way to recognise these brave servicemen and women."
The whole team here at Tickets For Troops, our Board, Advisory Board and over 140,000 military members, we would like to sincerely thank you the supporters of Gloucester Rugby for your unprecedented amount of support.
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Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
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