Thousands turned out for the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Liverpool on Saturday, a national event to recognise the work of the Armed Forces. We showed our support for serving personnel on the day by hosting a stall full of merchandise in order to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Seven members from our Customer Service Centre in Speke donned SSAFA t-shirts and spent their Saturday volunteering at the Pier Head. They collected donations in exchange for the merchandise we had and some staff brought their kids along to join in the fun. The stall was set up at 8am and celebrations didn’t end until long after 5pm. There was nothing left by the end of the day and the team raised a total of £447.75.

James Davis, Corporate Partnerships Account Manager at SSAFA, said, “CarillionAmey’s support of SSAFA on Armed Forces day in Liverpool was nothing short of amazing. A very large sum of money was raised on the day for SSAFA, not to mention the incalculable value of putting people in front of the public in a SSAFA t-shirt, which is great for the charity’s brand awareness. I’m really proud of every single volunteer from CarillionAmey and want you all to know how grateful SSAFA is and what a difference your efforts, on Armed Forces day and every day, make to our charity. On behalf of all of those we help – thank you.”

Our staff were also excited to get the chance to meet and take pictures with Prime Minister Theresa May, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and the Lord Mayor Councillor Malcolm Kennedy and Lady Mayoress of Liverpool who attended the event. They spoke with them about the work we do for the Armed Forces and how we work with SSAFA to raise money.

There were stalls all over the Pier Head representing each of the Armed Forces. A gun salute and an RAF Typhoon flypast signalled the beginning of the event and it also included a parade, displays and a ship visit. It was attended by regulars, Reservists, veterans and their families as well as civilians. A flypast of the Red Arrows and meeting Prince Edward were definitely the highlights of the day!