Photo © Sgt Paul Randall, Media and Communications, Army in London
Over the last few months Four Culture has been working on a campaign for the launch of On Courage: Stories of Victoria Cross and George Cross Holders by The Sebastopol Project. The book is a collection of 28 moving and inspirational stories of valour displayed by recipients of the Victoria Cross (VC) and George Cross (GC). Proceeds from the sales of On Courage will go to Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, and The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association, which represents all living holders of the VC and GC.
The book is written by Tom Bromley, Saul David, Paul Garlington, James Holland and Dr. Spencer Jones, and includes introductions by public figures from Bear Grylls, Joanna Lumley and Sir Bobby Charlton, to Eddie Redmayne, Dame Kelly Holmes and the late Sir Ken Dodd, many of whom have been posting about the book to their millions of followers on social media.
The book and the stories of people who risked their lives to defend comrades from all walks of life have already been covered in features in the Sunday Telegraph and Daily Express and reviewed by various bloggers. Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were also pictured being presented with a copy at receptions for The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association, which ran in The Bookseller and BookBrunch.
To celebrate the launch Four Culture held a moving event at the National Army Museum, which saw a passionate speech by five-time Olympic gold medal winner Dame Katherine Grainger. She said: “It’s a great time to come together in a time in this world when we need inspiration and we need huge examples of great humanity but also by buying this book we can give something back individually.”
If you’d like to help raise money to support current and former members of the British armed forces and their dependents, you can buy your copy of the book here.