The Not Forgotten Association
For A Number Of Years The Horse Guards Has Been Proud To Host Lunch Parties For The Not Forgotten Association (NFA) Prior To Their Annual Garden Tours Of Highgrove, The Home Of HRH Prince Charles.
In 1919 an American singer by the name of Marta Cunningham was horrified on visiting a Ministry of Pensions hospital to learn that many thousands of servicemen were still undergoing treatment for wounds suffered during the carnage of World War 1.
On 12th August 1920 Marta Cunningham founded The Not Forgotten Association to provide entertainment and recreation for the war wounded. In 1926 The NFA officially defined its task as being "to provide comfort, cheer and entertainment for the wounded ex-servicemen still in hospital as a result of the Great War". By 1927 some 85,000 people had been entertained outside the hospitals.
Over the years the NFA has evolved to meet the challenges made by those wounded in more recent conflicts, not least the most recent of all in Afghanistan. The NFA continues to support some 12,000 men and women annually through a whole variety of events and activities.
The NFA's first patron was HRH Princess Mary and, upon her death, she was succeeded by HRH The Duchess of Kent. HRH The Princess Royal, who is also the current Gold Stick in waiting and Colonel of The Blues and Royals, assumed the role in 2000 and continues as such to this day.