If you are holding a community event to mark the end of the First World War, you can apply for a grant to take part in the ‘There but Not There’ campaign to place Perspex Tommies in your church or school.
A £2 million boost by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to the First World War remembrance campaign means that grants of up to £500 are available to those who want to take but don’t have the funds to buy a Perspex ‘Tommy’ for their church or school. The deadline for grant applications is 30 June 2018.
The campaign, led by the former Chief of the General Staff, Lord Dannatt, and supported by the Birdsong author and novelist Sebastian Faulks, has already raised in excess of £1.8 million for armed forces charities and sold over 60,000 10 inch perspex Tommies and six-foot versions have sprung up all over the country.
The silhouettes have been designed by the conceptual photographer and installation artist Martin Barraud, who first created the Perspex men representing the fallen of World War I in Penshurst Church in Kent two years ago.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby welcomed the campaign, saying: ‘I hope that many churches will want to engage with this… As we commemorate the end of the First World War, it is vital that we remember and this project allows us to do so in a way that will engage with the imagination and be a real exercise in remembrance.’
The Ven Dr Adrian Youings, Archdeacon of Bath, is a supporter of the campaign. He adds, “Having seen these figures I can say that they are a very impactful and thought-provoking memorial to those who fell during the First World War as we mark the 100 years since it ended. The Tommies will be found all across the country, in schools, churches, synagogues and mosques, and I hope many churches in our diocese can take part.”
Find out more about the campaign and funding available.