By DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]
She shed her clothes, then took to the golf course with 13 other brave volunteers and all in the name of a charity calendar.
Now Tricia Quinlan has been rewarded for her efforts as she was presented with a cheque for more than 3,000 euros by members of The Resident Group.
Tricia Quinlan told the Algarve Resident: “It was a lovely surprise to find out we had raised so much from the calendar and all this from a glass of wine and a silly idea!”
The charity calendar, which featured 14 local ladies wearing nothing more than a smile, was produced by Tricia Quinlan to raise funds for the Captain James Philippson Trust Fund.
Captain Jim was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 11, 2006 and since his death, his mother Tricia Quinlan and other family members and friends have set up The Captain James Philippson Trust Fund to help give some value to the tragedy of his death.
Although Tricia has no immediate plans for further fund raising initiatives in the Algarve, there are many other people around the world who will be raising money for the trust.
Major Simon Thompson, who was at Sandhurst with Jim, will be taking part in the Mongol Derby, a horse race over 1,000km based on the route taken by Genghis Khan, while to mark the fourth anniversary of Captain Jim’s death, the trust has organised the third Three Peaks Challenge to take place in the UK on June 11.
In total, around 85,000 pounds sterling has been raised for the trust, with money then being passed on to charities including the Army Benevolent Fund, Help for Heroes and various cancer charities.
“Jim was the first soldier to be killed in Afghanistan and when I hear on the news that another soldier has died and “the family have been informed,” I know the dreadful feelings they must be going through. Hopefully this trust can help bring something positive to the deaths,” said Tricia Quinlan.
“I would like to thank, on behalf of The Captain James Philippson Trust, all the ladies who participated in the calendar, Nicki Davis, Blush Photography, The Resident Group for producing and publicising the calendar, the sponsors and, of course, the people who bought the calendar,” said Tricia Quinlan.
For further information about the trust, please visit www.captainjim.org