New Armed Forces Partnerships Launched
Wed 14th September 2016
The Rangers Charity Foundation donated £25,000 to forces charities at the end of last season and has once again demonstrated its commitment to services-related causes by pledging a further £25,000 for season 2016/17.
The charities which will benefit from this year’s Armed Forces Partnership are Poppyscotland, The Rifles Regimental Trust’s Care For Casualties appeal, Combat Stress and Erskine.
Combat Stress will receive £5,000 towards the vital work of its Scotland West Community Team, while a further £5,000 will help Poppyscotland deliver its Employ-Able programme which helps veterans take steps towards the training course or work placement most suitable to them.
Erskine will receive £10,000 towards a new mini-bus for residents and Care For Casualties will receive £5,000 towards their activities supporting wounded Riflemen, their families and the families of the fallen.
Andy Smith, Regional Operations Manager for Combat Stress’ North Region, commented, “On behalf of our charity and the veterans we support that will benefit from the Rangers Charity Foundation’s Armed Forces Partnership, we are extremely grateful and look forward to working in partnership with the Rangers Charity Foundation to increase knowledge, awareness and support available to ex-serving members of our Armed Forces".
Connal Cochrane, Director of the Rangers Charity Foundation added, “We’re delighted to continue our long association with charities connect to the Armed Services by assisting these four important causes this season.
“The projects we have pledged to support represent a cross section of the types of issues serving personnel and veterans face, from dealing with injury and ill health through to rebuilding their lives after leaving the services."
“We hope our combined donations of £25,000 at the end of the season will ensure that veterans and serving personnel who need help will get the care and support they deserve.”
Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, providing free specialist clinical treatment and support to ex-servicemen and women across the UK with mental health conditions.
The charity provides specialist treatment via three short-stay centres as well as practical and clinical support in the community and a 24-hour Helpline (0800 138 1619).
The Foundation’s pledge of £5,000 will help the Scotland West Community Team provide care and support to veterans in association with a variety of community mental health services, including local NHS services.
For more information visit www.combatstress.org.uk.
Erskine is Scotland’s foremost provider of care for veterans and their spouses, offering unrivalled nursing, residential, respite and dementia care in four homes throughout Scotland.
The Rangers Charity Foundation has a long history of supporting Erskine and this season will donate £10,000 towards a new minibus for the residents to allow them to take part in day trips and other outings and enjoy a full, active and meaningful life. The minibus will be specially adapted to cater for the often complex health issues of the residents.
Poppyscotland provides tailored support and funding to thousands of ex-Servicemen and women as well as other vital services in advice, employment, mobility, respite, housing and mental health support.
The Foundation’s pledge of £5,000 to Poppyscotland will help to fund the charity’s employability programme, Employ-Able, which helps veterans identify and take steps towards the training course or work placement most suitable to them.
For more information visit www.poppyscotland.org.uk or call 0131 557 2782.
The Rifles Regimental Trust’s Care For Casualties
Care for Casualties assists those members of the Rifles Regimental family in need of help, including those who have been severely wounded, their families and the families of fallen Riflemen. The charity provides the support, inspiration and means they need to rebuild their lives and make the best of their futures in society and the Foundation has pledged £5,000 to support this important work.
The Regiment has been involved almost continuously in enduring operations in Iraq and Afghanistan which has come at a cost. Over 62 Riflemen have been killed in action, around 30 have suffered loss of limbs, 2 Riflemen have been permanently blinded and 2 are in the care of neurological units where they will remain for the rest of their lives.
Care for Casualties provides funding and in kind assistance to many of these troops and their families such as holidays, advice, jobs and training.
Find out more about Care For Casualties at www.theriflesnetwork.co.uk.