Soldiering On Awards announce Finalists for 2018 Awards


10th January 2018 sees the announcement of 43 amazing Finalists for the 2018 Soldiering On Awards from all areas of the UK and all walks of life. All will go forward to Awards Night on the 20th April. Full list below.

Soldiering On Awards President and Vice President and co-Chairs of Judges, General the Lord Dannatt and Debra Allcock-Tyler along with their distinguished panel of Awards Judges are delighted to announce the Finalists in each award category; chosen from an outstanding selection of nominations received.

Two of the categories, the People’s Choice Award and Pets at Home Animal Partnership Award will take part in an on line public vote. Watch this space for further details of how you can vote for your choice!

The 2018 Awards include three new Business Award categories in partnership with X-Forces, recognising the exceptional accomplishments of former members of the armed forces in the business community.

Family Values Award – Sponsored by NetApp

  • Jane Williams – Navy Families Federation
  • Jo-anne Lomax: Huggable Heroes
  • The Connell Family

Healthcare & Rehabilitation Award Sponsored by Redwood Technologies Group

  • Dr Aamer Khan – Back On Track
  • Defence Medical Welfare Service
  • Deptherapy & Deptherapy Education
  • Military and Police Support (MAPS)

Sporting Excellence Award Sponsored by Spectra

  • Mark Smith – ABF the Soldiers Charity
  • Matt Neve – RAF Benevolent Fund
  • Steve Crowley – Blesma

Inspiration Award – Sponsored by telent

  • Andrew “Billy” Baxter – Blind Veterans
  • Andy Allen – AA Veterans Support & Blind Veterans
  • Mark Radcliffe & Wings for Warriors
  • Shaun Pascoe – Turn to Starboard
  • The Soldiers Arts Academy
  • Tony Stubbs – The Royal British Legion

Forces in Mind Trust Working Together Award – Sponsored by FiMT

  • Battling On CIC
  • Cobseo Housing Cluster
  • Nick Wood, York St John University

International Award

  • Chris Grech – Give Us Time
  • Defence Medical Welfare Service
  • Veterans for Wildlife

Animal Partnership Award – Sponsored by Pets at Home

  • Bravehound: Paul Wilkie & Irma
  • Service Dogs UK: Mark Lanchberry & Jerry
  • Veterans for Wildlife

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Capt Colin MacNab – The Royal British Legion
  • Neil Bettison – Veterans Information Network Nottinghamshire
  • Neil Deaville -The Royal British Legion

People’s Choice Award

  • Daniel Fielding: Turn to Starboard
  • Lt Charley Tysler RN, Dr Allie Bennington, Carolyn Crissman: Invictus Games Choir – Help for Heroes
  • Luke Delahunty – RAF Benevolent Fund
  • Services to Film
  • The Not Forgotten Association
  • Venture Trust – Positive Futures

X-Forces Business of the Year Award: Start Up – Sponsored by Cisco

  • Combat Pest Control
  • Doddl – ABF The Soldiers Charity
  • True Tech Training Limited

X-Forces Business of the Year: Scale Up

  • Hannaman Material Handling Ltd
  • Pro Noctis Ltd
  • Strongmind Resiliency Training Ltd

X-Forces Business of the Year: Community Impact – Sponsored by Landmarc

  • AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd – ABF The Soldiers Charity
  • CrossFit Spitfire – ABF The Soldiers Charity
  • Sporting Force Ltd – Help For Heroes

Awards Finalists and a nominator (if applicable) will be invited to a private reception at the House of Lords in recognition of their achievements. This special reception, hosted by Lord Dannatt, will be attended by Awards Patron Earl Howe PC and other distinguished guests.

Speaking on behalf of all Awards Judges, Lord Dannatt said:

“What a privilege to have judged the Finalists from such a rich list of nominations – all of whom were undoubtedly winners in their own way!”

Soldiering On Awards night –  20th April 2018

Overall winners will be announced at the Black Tie gala reception, dinner and Awards ceremony at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. A night not to be missed! For further information or to purchase tickets, please go to;

Recognition certificates:

Many very worthy nominations were received for the 2018 Soldiering On Awards; not all of whom reached Finalists stage. Soldiering On Awards judges will be issuing certificates to all completed and approved nominees in recognition of their personal achievements.

For further information regarding Soldiering On Awards please see the Press Briefing Pack.

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