Emma and fellow patrons Lisa Armstrong, Maria Witchell, David Gandy, Matt Weston and Lt. General Sir George Norton KCVO CBE hosted a dinner for 250 at Spencer House in London to showcase the moving and powerful poetry written by five injured servicemen. Guest supporters of the charity, included Steve Rowe, CEO of M & S who have donated over 750 suits, president of the Poetry Society Judith Palmer, Head of C4 News and current affairs Dorothy Byrne, actor Charles Moore, frontline artist Arabella Dorman, The Rt. Hon Tobias Ellwood Minister of Veterans and Defence People, Julia Carrick OBE, The Rt. Hon Iain and Betty Duncan-Smith and philanthropist, author and businessman Sir John Timpson CBE.
Two of the poets, Stewart Hill and Karl Tearney have since been featured on C4, BBC and ITV news as well as Radio 4's Today Programme. Former Welsh Guard Chris Beynon's striking poem 'Gouzeaucourt' concluded the recital, written following the loss of his son, also a welsh guard, to post traumatic stress disorder, ready by British actor Sir John Standing.
Style for Soldiers will be supporting our veterans to paint and write poetry in preparation for our exhibition 'Art in the Aftermath' at La Galleria in London from November 6 - 18th this year. The aim will be to launch each exhibitor in a new career as a professional artist.
Martin Wade, one of the exhibitors, wrote to Emma having recently exhibited at Bethlehem Hospital:
'I can't put into words how I feel to have sold two of my paintings and to have connected with the viewer about the journey of recovery. I feel quite overwhelmed by such goodwill towards people like me trying our very best to move on in terms of employment and wellbeing.'