The Welsh Guards

The Peterson family's involvement with the centenary year


In late 2012, Alan and his son, Hywel, chose the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal as the chosen charity for the Ryan Jones 2013 Testimonial year.

The relationship between the Peterson's and the Regiment proved to be so excellent that Alan and his family proposed to continue their support of the Regiment in its centenary year by organising four events; three in Wales and one in London. These events were to help raise funds for the newly established Welsh Guards Charity, but also to raise the profile of the Regiment in this unique year.

The first event took place on the 26th February 2015 at the Millennium Stadium when Wales were playing England in the opening ceremony of the Six Nations Championship. Although the result went against Wales, it was an incredibly successful night.

'It was an incredible spectacle with images beamed to millions'


The next event took place on Saturday 7th March at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. This became a joint venture again with the Peterson family at the heart of all the planning. This also proved to be a very successful event with over 300 guests attending.

The third event was held in London for a fundraising dinner and auction at the Guards Museum where the Regimental band gave a rousing display of music in front of the Guards Chapel.

The last event of the centenary year took place where it all started, at Wales Millennium Stadium, with presentations from the commanding officer, a pitch concert, fireworks, dinner and an auction.

'The Regiment are enormously grateful for all the support the Peterson family have given us. Although they lead busy business lives, they are unstinting in their support of other charities and good causes. The Welsh Guards Charity received significant funds from the four events amounting to a total of £55,000. We are incredibly fortunate to have had them alongside us and we will continue to keep alive the bond that has been cemented between the family and the Regiment.'

Colonel T C S Bonas, Regimental Adjutant

Since the centenary year focus has been to develop a "Friends of the Regiment" to lend continuing support to the Welsh Guards Charity and its work. One of the highlights has been a day's visit to Pirbright where over 30 Friends enjoyed learning more about the Regiment and its activities.

The Welsh Guards are playing a major role in supporting the Sam Warburton testimonial year by providing musicians and Guards of Honour at Sam's events.