Tattoo raises £1 million for charities

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Seventeen arts and armed forces organisations will benefit from this year's event

6th October 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will donate a record £1 million to charities from funds raised by a sell-out year.

A cast of more than 1200 musicians and dancers performed on Edinburgh Castle's esplanade for the 68th annual show.

Since 1950, the event has donated more than £10m to charity and this year’s funds will be split between 17 arts and armed forces organisations.

Those who will benefit include ABF - The Soldiers' Charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Scottish National War Memorial and Combat Stress.

Arts funding of £275,000 will help support traditional music and Highland dancing, establish a Tattoo talent development fund and support City of Edinburgh's culture project.

Brigadier David Allfrey, chief executive and producer of the Tattoo, said: "As we reflect over another phenomenally successful Tattoo season, we are able to come back and focus on our core purpose.

“The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has proudly been a charitable organisation supporting armed services charities and the arts since 1950, donating over £10m over the years.

"We are hugely excited that this is the second year in which we are able to pledge donations of £1m and for the first time focusing solely on United Kingdom beneficiaries."

Air vice-marshal David Murray, controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "The fund is proud to have worked with the Tattoo and to have been supported by them for a number of years.

"Specifically, this grant of £174,500 will support our new well-being and employment pathway project for beneficiaries living in housing trust properties who are wounded, injured or sick; the provision of our airplay youth sessions at RAF Lossiemouth, and individual grants to support the specific welfare needs of our beneficiaries.”