A total of £8,159 has
been raised for The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull at the 2018
Birmingham International Tattoo.
The event, which is Britain’s
largest indoor tattoo and features over 1,250 performers, took place at Arena
Birmingham on 24-25 November.
It marked the 11th
year that the Tattoo had supported the Charity, which cares for ex-Servicemen
and women and their partners living with disability or dementia, and brings the
total amount collected for The Royal Star & Garter Homes to just under £110,000.
The money was raised
through programme sales and an end-of-show collection from Sunday’s performance.
The Charity is grateful to the West Midlands branch of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth
Association, which provided 35 volunteers on the day to sell programmes and
manage the collections.
The two-day event
included marching bands from across the UK and Europe, spectacular displays and
all the military pomp and ceremony associated with the prestigious annual Birmingham
Also impressing the
crowds was The Wreath of Respect Motorcycle Riders - a group of men and
women who are passionate about motorbikes and use this as a means of supporting
charities which help serving members and veterans of our Armed Forces, many of
the team being veterans themselves.
Tattoo Producer Norman Rogerson MBE said: “Since we started the Birmingham
International Tattoo 30 years ago we have supported many charities and we are
particularly pleased, through the generosity of our audiences, to continue to
support The Royal Star & Garter Homes and their local Solihull home in
their ongoing work caring for the veterans who have given so much to the
The Royal Star & Garter Homes’ Chief Executive, Andy
Cole, addressed the audience at the Tattoo. He later said: “We are
extremely grateful to the organisers, the generous audiences and the volunteers
at the Birmingham International Tattoo. They have once again supported us
magnificently and we are proud to be a part of this military community. The
money raised will make a real difference to the lives of the residents living
in our Solihull Home.”