Finchale presents cheque to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Durham based charity Finchale’s CEO, Mel Pears MBE, presented a cheque for £355.00 to Lieutenant Colonel Barnbrook, Regional Director North East of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, at a ceremony at Finchale’s site in Pity Me on Thursday 23rd March 2017.

Finchale has worked with The Soldiers’ Charity over the past 2 years to provide tailored support to veterans from the North East of England to enable them to move from social exclusion to sustained employment.

Every year, thousands of individuals, groups and businesses across the UK raise much needed funds for The Soldiers’ Charity by hosting a “Big Curry” event and Finchale hosted their first in October 2016 which saw over 50 people attend.

Mel Pears MBE, CEO at Finchale said: “Everyone at Finchale really enjoyed helping raise money for a cause so close to our hearts, taking part in The Soldiers’ Charity’s ‘Chilli Cookie Roulette’ and even filming our very own #MannequinChallenge!  I’m delighted to be handing over this cheque to Lieutenant Colonel Barnbrook today and we look forward to hosting another Big Curry lunch event later this year at Finchale.”

Lieutenant Colonel Barnbrook, Regional Director NE said: “I am thrilled to accept the cheque on behalf of The Soldiers’ Charity from Mel and the team at Finchale. The Charity benefits greatly from working partnerships with like-minded organisations across the North East region and all proceeds will go directly to support soldiers, veterans and their families who are in need of our assistance. Last year The Soldiers’ Charity gave grants to nearly 5000 individuals and 88 specialist charities, like Finchale which support the wider Army family. We are always grateful for their support.”

For more information about Finchale visit or call 0191 386 2634.

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Finchale, based in Pity Me in County Durham, was founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for service personnel returning from active service, and it has retained strong links with the Armed Forces ever since.

The independent registered charity has supported disabled people and those with health inequalities for 73 years by offering specialist support for people with multiple and complex barriers to employment. It works with individuals and families from the Scottish Borders in the north to the East Riding of Yorkshire in the south, and across from Teesside to Cumbria. Finchale works with a wide range of employers and partners of all sizes from across the public, private and third sectors.

Set in 13.5 acres of landscaped grounds, Finchale also offers a wide range of flexible business spaces which can cater for 2-150 people, available to hire from an hour to a full day. Facilities include: 18 fully equipped teaching, training and meeting rooms; auditorium seating for 80-100 people; more than 120 bedrooms (20 ensuite); IT suites; lecture theatre and classrooms; as well as conference, event and banqueting facilities. Services include access to audio visual and laptop equipment, Wi-Fi, as well as catering and parking.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

We are the National Charity of the British Army.

We give a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families, in times of need.

We make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world. We take pride in being responsive, making a difference at a critical point in peoples’ lives. We have been doing this since 1944, working with veterans of every conflict, and we envisage continuing doing so for the ‘long haul’ – supporting all future generations of our soldiers and their immediate families.

Each year, we support more than 5,000 individuals and give grants to around 100 organisations which deliver support on our collective behalf.

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