A NATIONAL centre of remembrance near to Burton has revealed that it costs £4,000 a day to keep it free to visit for the public – ahead of a major annual event to raise vital cash for the site.
Bosses at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas revealed the astonishing figure that it needs to stay open as part of its effort to raise awareness for its Walk for Remembrance in May.
This comes only weeks after the Mail revealed that Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant was launching a bid to secure additional funding for the popular centre after learning that it was set to miss out on additional cash from the Ministry of Defence in the coming years.
A spokesman for the arboretum said: “All registration and sponsorship money raised will help to fund the £4,000 required each day for the arboretum to remain free to enter as the place where our nation remembers.
“The walk will take place at 1pm on Sunday, May 11, at the National Memorial Arboretum.
“The annual fund-raising event is an ideal opportunity for people to explore the beautiful memorial landscape while helping to support the arboretum, which is part of the Royal British Legion family of charities.
“There is still time to register for Walk for Remembrance.“
Anyone wishing to take part in the event is urged to visit www.thenma.org.uk/events/events-calendar/calendar-of-events/walk-for-remembrance-2014 , call 01283 792333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
People who take part in the walk will be able to take in 50,000 maturing trees and nearly 300 memorials.
Visitors from all walks of life number around 300,000 per year, including service personnel, veterans, students of all ages, groups and individuals.
A £12 million redevelopment campaign is in place for the creation of a world renowned Remembrance Centre worthy of those who give so much to our country.
Thanks to the generous donations and pledges received to date, the fund is now more than half way to its target.