In 2015, we began a five-year corporate charity partnership with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and made a commitment to raise £250,000 to help support the UK’s Armed Forces and their families.
Since then, thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our staff and supply chain taking part in charity events and initiatives, we’ve raised more than £180,000, making us one of SSAFA’s largest corporate supporters.
This week, we were delighted to present a cheque to SSAFA for £10,309.99 provided through our excellent partnership with Symphony Group, who supply the kitchen upgrades for Service Family Accommodation throughout the UK.
Paul Vincent, National Client Account Manager at Symphony, attended the event and said, “The outstanding role that SSAFA play in providing lifelong assistance to those who have served in our Armed Forces cannot be underestimated and we are proud to support the fantastic work they do.”
Adam Heal, our Head of Supply Chain agreed, “Having good working relationships with supply chain partners like Symphony is key to our success. It is fantastic that through their agreement with us, they have been able to make such a significant contribution to SSAFA.”
The money we raise is directly channelled into SSAFA’s mentoring scheme which provides face-to-face advice and guidance to those struggling with the transition from military to civilian life, empowering them to reach their full potential in their new lives outside the military.
Jonathan Sandall, Director of Fundraising at SSAFA, said “We are very grateful for the extremely kind donation towards SSAFA’s mentoring service. This contribution will fund training for around 20 new mentors, who will support Service leavers during the often difficult transition from military life to civilian life.”
Our Managing Director, Tim Redfern, added, “I’m extremely proud of the partnership we have with SSAFA, who provide help and guidance to Service personnel and their families from all three of our Armed Forces. As ex-military myself, I know how important SSAFA is to those leaving the Forces and I’m equally as proud of our staff and supply chain partners who continue to raise money to help fund this vital service. Their commitment will help to further strengthen our ties with the Service community in which we work.”
This year will see us undertake various activities in support of Service families, which include SSAFA’s annual Big Brew Up, and a number of initiatives to tie in with Armed Forces Day which is being celebrated on 30th June 2018.