Join the BFBS Big Salute in the spirit of giving with the launch of the Small Change. BIG Impact Christmas Campaign.
This year, the BFBS Big Salute funded grants for twelve different charities, so as you treat loved ones this December, help BFBS to support the wider forces family. The Christmas campaign, launched today and running until Friday 7 December, will feature individuals on Forces Radio BFBS who have benefited from the BFBS Big Salute and will be discussing the impact the campaign has had on their lives. They’ve had life-changing challenges such as homelessness and severe mental health issues, but through the Big Salute your small change can make a BIG impact on veterans and those serving who may be facing similar problems.
Veterans Aid is one of the charities that was awarded a Big Salute grant to help renovate two bedrooms in their hostel, New Belvedere House. Ex-soldier John was homeless but now sleeps in one of the fully-refurbished bedrooms. John says: “It’s a good place to get your thoughts together. It’s literally the help that people in my situation need in order to move forward…without the stress that’s usually associated with that.
“You can’t commend the people enough, the people who have donated, the people who have built it and the people who run it.”
This year, BFBS Big Salute grants have paid for a huge range of vital activities and services for serving personnel, their families, and veterans. This includes mindfulness courses for serving soldiers involved with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) duties and therapy courses for veterans referred for mental health treatment.
Spare your Small Change this season and make a BIG Impact by donating at www.forces.net/bigsalute.
The charities most recently supported by the BFBS Big Salute are: Alabare, Association of Royal Naval Officers (ARNO), Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, The Bridge For Heroes, Combat Stress, Felix Fund, Glen Art, Help 4 Homeless Veterans, The Matthew Project, Turn to Starboard, Unload, and Veterans Aid.
Each year the BFBS Big Salute invites Armed Forces charities to apply for project-based grants. Applications for the next round of grants will open in April 2019. For more information visit www.bigsalute.com.
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