GCF Bosnia is a UK-based charitable foundation which is committed to helping rejuvenate the previously war-torn town of Gorazde in Bosnia. The charity specifically supports Gorazde Primary School and seeks to provide a brighter future for its students.
To date, an English Language teaching centre has been established and the school's previously battle-scarred playground has been refurbished into an all-purpose astro-turf for the children to play sport on.
GCF Bosnia was founded by Maurice Evlyn-Bufton, who was previously a captain in The 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (1RGBW) in the Bosnian conflict (1992 - 1995) and is currently Managing Director of the financial services consultancy Armstrong Wolfe.
The foundation was set up in memory of four of Maurice’s comrades who were killed on United Nations' duty whilst deployed on Operation Grapple 1994 – 1995 in the Eastern enclave of Gorazde.
Your donations will assist in the development of the children’s academic and personal well-being and give them the hope for a brighter future.
IN MEMORY OF
FOUR MUCH LOVED SOLDIERS AND FRIENDS
PTE PHILLIP ARMSTRONG
PTE MARTIN DOWDELL
PTE CHRIS TURNER
PTE BEN HINTON
A COMPANY 1ST BATTALION
THE ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE BERKSHIRE AND WILTSHIRE REGIMENT
Check out Maurice speaking about GCF Bosnia and Donkey Mail and Bully Beef on BBC Points West
Donkey Mail and Bully Beef
The Art of Survival
Gorazde, Bosnia 1994 - 1995
Memories of British Soldiers on United Nations operational duty in the former Yugoslavia:
By Maurice Evlyn-Bufton
£40 + £5.82 postage
Email to purchase a copy of the book.
Maurice speaking about GCF Bosnia and Donkey Mail and Bully Beef, on BBC Points West
Gorazde Primary School
In 2012, seventeen former comrades of 1RGBW returned to Goražde to replace the memorials stones to their fallen comrades. On the last day of this visit the group were invited to the local primary school and were surprised by the children singing them a song in Bosnian, thanking the British Army for saving their parents and grandparents.
Moved and inspired by this gesture, Maurice Evlyn-Bufton, one of the group and a Captain in 1RGBW in 1994, asked the school’s headmistress what could be done to help.
From this discussion was born a commitment to establish an English teaching centre and to refurbish their playing field, both in memory of their fallen comrades and as an investment that would benefit the future generations of Goražde, the Bosnian town the soldiers of 1RGBW had defended many years before.
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About Armstrong Wolfe
GCF Bosnia is Armstrong Wolfe's official charitable foundation and the company regularly fundraises for it.
Armstrong Wolfe is a global executive search and consulting firm focused on investment banking and the financial markets. Areas of expertise are Business Management, Risk Management, Middle Office and Aligned Technologies.
This expertise is framed by Armstrong Wolfe's COO and 3 LOD Business Risk and Control forums, which are held quarterly in London, New York, Toronto, Hong Kong and Singapore.
“The museum is extremely grateful to Armstrong Wolfe for donating a number of ‘Donkey Mail and Bully Beef’ books. The museum is fighting for survival and these books have helped to generate over £300 of income over the last few months, which is of huge benefit to the charity.”
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum