Worthing-based charity, Care for Veterans, has received a grant of £125,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Covid-19 Impact Fund towards its core mixed rehabilitation services.
This emergency government funding recognises Care for Veterans’ front-line work for vulnerable and elderly disabled veterans and will allow them to carry on providing vital rehabilitation services despite the financial impact of the pandemic.
Over the past few months, staff at Care for Veterans have been under tremendous pressure, working hard around the clock to make sure that residents and kept safe and continue to receive the best care. The generous donation will be used to cover some of the financial deficit, which has impacted the charity, following the cancellation of fundraising events and the reduction in fee income due to not being able to offer shared rooms.
Care for Veterans has been caring for disabled veterans since it was first established in 1919 and celebrated its centenary last year. The charity must raise over £1.9 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Service personnel.
The funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund will go towards vital services such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, neuropsychology, on-site wheelchair clinic, rehabilitation kitchen, and social and recreation activities.
James Bacharew, Head of Fundraising and Marketing said,
“The Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest threat to Care for Veterans in our 101-year history, so this generous grant is a lifeline at this uncertain time. We are enormously grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund for their recognition of our work for vulnerable disabled veterans, who have given so much during their time of service and deserve the very best in care and rehabilitation.”