Derek Martin Fellowship

29 Jan

Wing Commander Derek Martin OBE

Wing Commander Derek Martin OBE

The Derek Martin Fellowship.

The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust are seeking to raise £500,000 to bring Sunderland Flying Boats back to Pembrokeshire and provide a perpetual legacy to a remarkable man who gave us one of the most inspiring stories of World War II Wing Commander Derek Martin OBE.

Having reached the long held goal of moving into the Royal Dockyard Chapel and building a most successful visitor centre we are faced with one final hurdle – to have on display a Sunderland Flying Boat as a permanent, spectacular display and monument to those that served here during the war.

The Trustees, Staff and Volunteers have all worked hard to make the visitor centre in the Royal Dockyard Chapel a ‘must see’ attraction in the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire. Welcoming more than 6,000 visitors from all over the world in just 6 months we are now confident we can build a permanent exhibition containing all aspects of the Maritime, Military and shared Memories of this historic town. However, if we are ever going to see a Sunderland Flying Boat in the grounds of the Chapel complex we must now raise a substantial amount of funding.

Plans have been drawn up to provide a much needed full height Workshop, a new Reception area and most importantly a spectacular, show-piece ‘Large Exhibit Hall’ providing the final safe haven for a complete Sunderland in addition to the preserved remains of our own ‘T9044’.

Estimates indicate that the full cost of providing this outstanding visitor attraction and exhibition will come to just under £4 million pounds.

To make this happen the Sunderland Trust needs to raise £500,000 for both match funding and working capital. This will be used to manage the project, ensure the Workshop and Reception buildings are completed followed by the wonderful glass fronted showcase for ‘our’ Sunderland Flying Boats.

In order to meet these goals the Trust has created the Derek Martin Fellowship to allow people and organisations to donate the equivalent of £1000 and thereby become ‘Derek Martin Fellows’.

Key facts about the Derek Martin Fellowship.

The Derek Martin Fellowship recognises donations of £1000. It will become the backbone of Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust’s fund raising initiatives that are directed solely to the history and heritage of the Sunderland Flying Boat and particularly T9044.

As recognition of the work of the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust a Derek Martin Fellowship is an honour presented to those who donate £1000 to the Trust or to people for whom a donation was made by others.

Contributions can be made by individuals, groups, clubs or businesses.

Donations may be made in one sum, or in instalments of a minimum of £100 over a 5 year period.

Derek Martin Fellows receive an attractive lapel pin, an individually engraved plaque and congratulatory letter in addition to notification of ‘Fellowship’ events and services.

It is possible to make a donation in some else’s name or choose the Derek Martin Fellowship recipient at a later date – please make this clear when making a donation.

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