My wife and great friend to so many has been given the news that she must leave the Royal Navy after an incredible 18 years of service. Her career has touched so many people, she has been constantly recognised as a high performing, valuable and professional member of the Armed Forces. She has devoted her working life to helping people, as a Writer for 15 years, and then as a Welfare Worker for the last 3.
Unfortunately, we have been given the devastating news that Service Life is no longer tenable for Dawn. After several serious illnesses, the Royal Navy (who have been amazing support throughout!) have decided that is in Dawns best interests for her health to pursue a career outside the Service.
While we recognise that this decision is the right one for Dawn, it isn't easy to accept, as the Service has been so central to her, as well as us as a couple.
Looking forward, we are exploring new adventures in a new career. But she'd really like to mark the advent of her 18 years of service in a very special way, and this is where you come in!
I'm absolutely convinced that most people reading this will sympathise with her situation. She's lost so much and given so much of herself, it would be absolutely incredible for her to have something that she can keep forever to mark the memories the last 18 years have provided her.
What would be awesome is that, if you feel so compelled to donate, we could act as a group of Dawns Family and extended Family (you're all incredibly special to us both!). She has found a company that makes custom rings in any design you nominate. She'd like a signet ring with a pair of crossed Fouled Anchors to denote the Rank of Petty Officer which she will leave at. Also, to have her joining and leaving date engraved on the shoulders on the ring. I hope you'll agree this is a fitting mark to celebrate a career of someone who really made a difference to everyone she met and worked with.
Will you help me (her husband) in realising this gift for her? If you feel compelled to give her a leaving gift as she exits the service, she has expressed the desire for this ring, it really ties her career up in a nice little bow! So please direct your contribution to this - it's what she really wants! Big or small, ANY contribution will be gratefully accepted, and I personally thank you ahead of time for what you as individuals mean to her and to me! Ideally I'd like to raise £450, that will get her the gift she deserves, but any more that is donated over this figure will go to Dawn in the form of another gift from her nearest and dearest!
Hope you can help make this happen for her - thank you in advance xx