A call to ‘Light up a Veteran’s Life’ is the focus of the Veterans’ Foundation Christmas appeal, which aims to raise £10,000 to meet the urgent mental health needs of military veterans in 2022.
During the festive season, relatives, friends and members of the public are invited to honour past Veterans on the recently launched Armed Forces Memorial Wall.
They can light a virtual candle accompanied by a donation to support veterans experiencing PTSD, anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders.
You can find out more or light your own Christmas candle here.
Veterans’ Foundation CEO and Founder, Major General David Shaw, explained:
“Christmas can be a very poignant time as we remember those who served who are no longer with us, as well as being an incredibly challenging period for today’s veterans facing acute mental health challenges.
We wanted to combine the opportunity to honour and pay tribute to those who have served with urgent practical support for veterans who need help today.”
All donations from the ‘Light up a Veteran’s Life’ Christmas appeal will go directly to projects providing immediate and practical help to veterans facing mental health issues.
Major General Shaw hopes that anyone who feels a connection to the Armed Forces this Christmas will take part:
“Whether through family, military comrades, regiments or simply a sense of gratitude, I hope everyone will feel drawn to light their own candle on the Armed Forces Memorial Wall.
We want to ‘Light up veterans’ lives’ in every sense.”