Lance Corporal Nicky Mason, of the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan on 13th September 2008. The 26 year old was on a routine patrol near Kajaki in the Helmand province at the time. He was sweeping a piece of high ground near the crucial Kajaki Dam when an explosive device detonated. The Memorial Fund & Charity was created to keep Nicky's memory alive. To remember the ultimate sacrifice he made doing the job he loved.
On the 23rd January 2016 we officially opened our Army Surplus Store. The official opening was performed by the Mayor of Thurrock Sue Gray, a friend of the charity. This was a very emotional time for us as the shop is immediately opposite the village war memorial where Nicky has his very special corner. The shop is known affectionately as Nicky's Place.
We stock an amazing range of army surplus clothing and equipment, together with various items that will suit fishing and camping, metal detecting and bush craft folk alike. We also have a large stock of children's military clothing of a very high standard and sell many items produced by us.
As a charity the shop forms a non profit making trading arm, and all monies raised are donated to the charity. The shop staff are all voluntary and work hard to promote the charity.
Monies raised by us are split between Military needs and community needs concentrating on children with needs, whether that be physical or emotional.
Dennis Mason, (Nicky's father & Charity Founder) has worked tirelessly to set up this memorial fund and charity over the last six years and cares so passionately for the causes that we support.
The Memorial Fund raises money to help support members of the armed forces injured in service, or the families of those killed. This is not just through financial support but also by being there to offer help, advice and support, having been through the reality of losing a loved one. As well as helping and supporting the armed forces and 2 PARA, the Memorial Fund helps those in need in the local communities, especially children with disabilities or special needs.
You can pop in and see us in store at 25 High Street Aveley Essex, RM15 4BE
We're open 6 days a week, 10am - 6pm, Monday - Saturday
Please come along to the shop, you don't have to buy anything you are more than welcome to come in for a cuppa and a chat. For us its about awareness rather than money. Yes we are here to generate income for our charitable commitments, but we are also here as a friendly face to the community. As a non profit registered charity, all proceeds are donated to both military causes and those of our local community (mainly children with needs).
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR NICKY BY VISITING OUR CHARITY PAGE