Normandy veteran John Jenkins will receive a cheque on behalf of The D-Day Story for £200k from the charity that supports its work.    

The amount raised is the target for first phase of match funding for the D-Day Story transformation project - which was made possible with a £4m investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Roger Ching, chair of The Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust will present the cheque to John Jenkins on Tuesday 21 August - the date marks the end of the Battle of Normandy - the culmination of the Allied offensive launched on D-Day. 

Roger Ching said "We're delighted to be presenting a cheque for £200,000 today; £50,000 of which has been raised by members of the public. We'd like to thank them for their support and their kind donations, as well as all the organisations and fundraising trusts that have made donations.

"The first phase of The D-Day Story transformation project may be complete but there's more to do to prepare for the all-important anniversary next June, we still have £35k to raise - people can still donate to the trust or make a donation to remember someone who took part in the campaign on the Normandy Memorial Wall." 

The D-Day Story featuring the Overlord Embroidery is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Normandy landings in June 1944. It was officially opened in May by HRH The Princess Royal following a £5million National Lottery-supported transformation, undertaken ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019.

The D-Day Story is full of personal stories of courage and determination, comradeship and sacrifice, secrecy and deception, innovation and tactics. It is a story in which ordinary people worked together to achieve an extraordinary outcome. 

Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "The transformation of The D-Day Story and the plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary next year ensure that D-Day maintains the international significance it deserves, and the legacy of veterans like John Jenkins and his comrades lives on for new audiences."

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