Quiz night earns $15,000 to benefit Maj Wheddon’s daughter
A quiz night to benefit the three-year-old daughter of a Bermuda Regiment officer killed on duty raised more than $15,000.
The cash will be put towards an educational trust set up to benefit Katherine Wheddon.
Her father, Major Chris Wheddon, died while on duty in England last October.
Governor George Fergusson and his wife Margaret were among an estimated 250 who turned out for the quiz, auction and raffle at Docksiders on Saturday night.
A $10,00 donation to the trust had already been made by the Broad Arrow Masonic Lodge, of which Maj Wheddon was a member.
Said Lodge member and event organiser Michael Branco: “Chris was an amazing guy and it’s a testament to how much he was loved that so many people supported us.
“This was a stupendous effort by everyone involved.”
Top auction items included a $2750 bid for a pair of round trip tickets to London, donated by British Airways.
An Outward Bound experience for a group raised the same amount, while tea with the Governor added another $1000.
Maj Wheddon, 43, was slated as a future commanding officer of the Regiment.
He was killed when the car he was a passenger in left the road in Oxfordshire while he was en route to a posting with the Royal Anglian Regiment, the sister battalion to Bermuda’s defence force.
He was buried with full military honours after a packed service at the Anglican Cathedral in Hamilton.
The father-of-one is survived by Katherine, parents David and Margaret, brothers Mark and Julian, also a Regiment officer, and sister Kim.