A charity providing grant support to help other charities make a positive impact on health and wellbeing across the North West has selected veterans’ charity Launchpad as one of its charities for 2022.
Launchpad is one of 18 charities chosen by North West Charity Events (NWCE) to benefit from their 18 for Eighteen golf event, which aims to raise funds for health and wellbeing in the region.
The focus for 2022 is mental health and their mission is to raise awareness of important issues and opportunities affecting communities across the North West region.
Launchpad has two houses in Liverpool and Newcastle upon Tyne and provides comfortable accommodation and excellent, holistic support, with the help of partner organisations, for up to 80 veterans to help them make a successful transition to civilian life.
The last 12 months in particular, have been the toughest since the charity was set up in 2013. The veterans Launchpad supports are highly vulnerable with 79% of those arriving with mental health problems, often related to their time in service. 68% have had problem debt and 63% have drug, alcohol or gambling addictions.
The golf event will take place on Friday, 6 May 2022 at Heswell Golf Club and Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa and will include a golf day followed by evening entertainment to raise funds for all of the selected charities.
Sam Jackson, Manager of Speke House in Liverpool, said:
“Like many other charities, we rely on additional funding through personal and corporate donations to enable us to continue to deliver the excellent services we provide to our veterans.
“Speke House is the city’s largest veterans’ accommodation in Liverpool and we provide a safe home for up to 48 veterans at any one time. Since the house opened in 2015, we have supported over 300 veterans – many of whom experienced mental health issues.
“We are thrilled to be selected by North West Charity Events as one of the eighteen charities to benefit in this year’s golf event. I hope it is going to be a fantastic day raising funds and awareness for lots of brilliant charities.”