National Memorial Arboretum awarded Guinness World Record for Armed Forces Christmas Card

The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) has been awarded the Guinness World Record for “Most contributions to a greetings card”.

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The NMA collected 16,707 messages in their Armed Forces Christmas card, comfortably beating the previous record of 13,288 held by Dubai Police.

The first messages were added to the card at the Arboretum’s Ride to the Wall 2016 event, just over a year ago.

The 2.1m high and 4.5m wide card toured the UK last year and was signed at schools, local groups and businesses including Argos, Sainsbury’s, Rolls Royce and Virgin Trains. Members of the public signed the card at the Arboretum during events and were invited to submit contributions online.

“We created this card to demonstrate the deep and enduring affection that the public have for our Armed Forces Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director National Memorial Arboretum

In December 2016, the gigantic Christmas Card carrying thousands of messages of goodwill and support was presented to Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, who received the card on behalf of the British Armed Forces.

Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director National Memorial Arboretum, said: “A massive thank you to everyone who supported us in achieving this Guinness World Record.

“We created this card to demonstrate the deep and enduring affection that the public have for our Armed Forces, who valiantly put themselves at risk daily, to protect the freedoms that we hold dear.

“This exercise allowed us to reach out and engage thousands of people across the country, including thousands of young people at local schools, and encouraged them to consider the unique challenges facing Armed Forces personnel and their families.”

Christmas at The National Memorial Arboretum

This year the Arboretum will be hosting a programme of Christmas events, including a candle lit carol service, food and gift fair, and holly wreath making workshops.

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