Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Susie Freeman Travel helps the Soldiers' Charity to reach £1m.
An Inkpen-based tour operator has helped to raise an incredible £150,000 for The Soldiers' Charity by organising this year’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch and donating a trip to Mauritius.
Susie Freeman, who runs a specialist travel agency offering bespoke holidays to the island of Mauritius, has raised £860,000 since the charity’s inception in 2008.
Hosted by the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Roger Gifford, this year’s event took place recently at the Guildhall. As well as senior officers in the British Army, it was attended by city professionals, business leaders, members of the Houses of Parliament and other dignitaries.
Susie Freeman pictured with the Duke of Kent at the recent Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch at the Guildhall.
The Soldiers' Charity helps soldiers who serve or who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mrs Freeman has been closely involved for the past few years as her husband is a member of the Royal Dragoon Guards.
She said: “This is a charity very close to my heart and that of my family as my husband’s regiment is currently deployed in Afghanistan. We really wanted to raise as much money as possible this year and break through the grand total of £1m this year, so I donated a fantastic trip to Mauritius as a raffle prize.
“It’s a fantastic event which attracts the great and good of the city. As I am celebrating my 15th year of offering bespoke holidays to Mauritius it seemed fitting to offer a trip there to one lucky attendee.”