Hatfield House Battle Proms concert raises more than £8,200 for veterans

PUBLISHED: 14:58 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 24 July 2017

Collecting for Combat Stress at Hatfield House Battle Proms [Picture: Jean S. B-C. Mower-Allard]

Collecting for Combat Stress at Hatfield House Battle Proms [Picture: Jean S. B-C. Mower-Allard]


More than £8,200 was collected for Combat Stress at this year’s Hatfield House Battle Proms concert.

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, providing free specialist clinical treatment and support to former servicemen and women across the UK with mental health conditions including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety.

It is Battle Proms’ chosen charity and Battle Prommers raised £8,253.28 at Hatfield House.

Faye Waters, volunteer and community fundraising officer at Combat Stress, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who made a donation to Combat Stress and contributed to the total amount raised.

“It’s vital that we raise awareness and funds for the charity to ensure we can continue to support every veteran that comes to us for help.

“The Battle Proms season is a great opportunity for us to do that.

“Since 2004 the amazing generosity we have received from the Battle Prommers each year has helped us to support more veterans in rebuilding their lives, with the donations we received at the weekend we will continue to do this.”

The hugely popular Battle Proms series celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

And despite the Spitfire being unable to fly due to low cloud cover, the UK’s premier classical picnic proms at Hatfield House was enjoyed by thousands of revellers.

Evening Gun Salute at Battle Proms 2017 at Hatfield HouseEvening Gun Salute at Battle Proms 2017 at Hatfield House

Battle Prommers were treated to a daring freefall parachute display by the acclaimed Red Devils, while Napoleonic calvary displays and The Jazz Spivs also entertained the audience before the main musical programme.

As usual, the classical concert’s signature piece, Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, was accompanied by live cannon fire and a spectacular fireworks display.

Concert director Adam Slough said: “It was a pleasure to welcome back so many familiar faces last Saturday, as many of our loyal Battle Prommers turned out to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary season in style.

“As a team we are very proud that the concert series we created back in 1997 is still going strong today, and are delighted that the popularity of our concerts continues to grow.

The New English Concert Orchestra performing at Battle Proms 2017 at Hatfield HouseThe New English Concert Orchestra performing at Battle Proms 2017 at Hatfield House

“We put much of our success down to the dedication and professionalism of our many partners, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hatfield House for providing us with such a stunning venue for so many years, and for the opportunity to work with such a fabulous team.

“We’re also grateful for the ongoing support of our media partner, the Welwyn Hatfield Times, for the coverage they give to us and our charity partner, Combat Stress.”

Adam added: “While the Battle Proms are very much a celebratory event, we are always mindful that many of the pieces we perform were written to commemorate battles in which lives were lost, and that war continues today in various guises.

“As a result we chose many years ago to support Combat Stress, the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans.

“We are very proud to say that at the 2017 Hatfield House Battle Proms we raised a staggering £8,253.28 and they are still counting!”

Battle Proms will returns in 2018.

Adam said: “We are all set to return to Hatfield House on Saturday, July 14 next year for another evening of sublime music and dramatic displays, and very much hope to see you all there.”

• For more on the Battle Proms, visit www.battleproms.com

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