GCHQ staff raise £30,000 for charities
News article - 29 Nov 2016
GCHQ has presented a £15,000 cheque to the Bletchley Park Trust , raised through the sales of a special edition book about famous codebreaker Alan Turing.
Published in 2015, Prof: Alan Turing Decoded is a biography of the mathematician, written by his nephew, Sir Dermot Turing. The special edition, which included a bespoke cover and a foreword by GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan, was sold exclusively to staff. In total over £30,000 was raised with profits split evenly between two chosen charities - The Bletchley Park Trust, and the GCFund, which helps GCHQ staff and families in times of financial distress.
Alan Turing was an extraordinary man, mathematician, codebreaker, computer scientist, and biologist. Along with his cryptanalyst colleagues at GCHQ’s forerunner the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, he made a major contribution to Allied success during World War II. He is best known for his work towards the exploitation of the German Naval Enigma code – the story on which the film The Imitation Game was based. The book, which includes unpublished photographs from the Turing family album, gives a fresh insight into his life and work.
GCHQ Historian Tony Comer presented the cheque to Sir John Scarlett, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust, Deputy Chairman Christopher Moore, and Sir Dermot Turing, who is also a trustee.
Bletchley Park’s Director of Public Engagement confirmed that the donation will help fund the Oral History Project which involves staff and volunteers visiting surviving veterans all over the country, to record their memories and observations of life at Bletchley Park, ensuring that these valuable insights are not lost.
A GCHQ spokesperson said: "It is touching that the generosity of current GCHQ staff will now mean that the lives and achievements of our many extraordinary predecessors can take their place in history."