Budleigh Salterton's Fairlynch Museum, supporting Help for Heroes
Half-way through Fairlynch Museum's summer season the special exhibition about former Budleigh resident Murray Levick has won nothing but praise from experts and the public alike.
A survivor of Captain Scott's ill-fated second Antarctic expedition, the naval doctor and founder of the British Schools Exploring Society has impressed visitors to the museum with the number of his achievements in an incident-packed life.
"Each episode in Levick's life - polar exploration, medicine, commando training - is quite remarkable in its own right," commented one in the visitors' book. "To have achieved all these things in a single lifetime is simply incredible. A leader and hero that deserves to be remembered as an equal to Scott and Shackleton. A remarkable man," wrote Major Nicholas Jeffery, who described himself as "doctor, commando and Arctic-trained, but humbled by this man!"
The Museum's 2011 exhibition 'Survival!' illustrating the life of former Budleigh resident Surgeon Commander Murray Levick has been praised by enthusiastic visitors and benefited from coverage in national media
Fairlynch Museum's support for the Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes has also been seen as particularly fitting for this exhibition about a naval officer who did much to help rehabilitate injured ex-servicemen in the aftermath of the Great War.
Colonel Bill McDermott OBE, a former Royal Marine now retired in Budleigh Salterton, believes that any efforts to raise money for a worthy charity, which supports the best interests of our service personnel and capital programmes that improve their quality of life following the demands of operational experience, is to be applauded.
"H4H is a fantastic charity that underwrites some big scale charitable programmes that could not normally be afforded in these austere times," he said. "It is commendable that the Fairlynch Museum has taken this opportunity to be involved in a cause that Murray Levick would have been proud to align himself with."
For information about the work of Help for Heroes click on http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/