Soldiering On Awards Finalists Saluted on Armed Forces Day

On Armed Forces Day 2022, when the nation comes together to salute the military community, the Finalists of the Soldiering On Awards were announced. The Awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate the very best of the Armed Forces Community, with categories as diverse as Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Business of the Year and Animal Partnership. The essence of these Awards is to shine a light on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Awards Chair, General the Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC, DL and Co-Chair Debra Allcock-Tyler CEO, the Directory of Social Change, led a distinguished panel of judges who chose from an outstanding field of nominations to select 36 shortlisted Finalists.

A private Finalists’ reception will be held at the House of Lords on 4 July, hosted by Awards Patron the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC and special guest presenter Jeremy Vine. The winners will be announced at a prestigious Black-Tie event at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge on Thursday 27 October 2022.

Public voting will choose the winners of three incredible categories. The Animal Partnership Award, the Sporting Excellence Award and the Inspiration Award will be decided by an online public vote, each of which will commence for two weeks respectively from the 4 July, 1 August and 29 August. Voting will take place at

Awards Chair, Lord Dannatt said:

“I would like to thank everybody involved with this extremely worthwhile task; the judges who’ve given their valuable time to select the Finalists and those who selflessly nominated others in the first instance. I would also like to thank those who support the Armed Forces community in the widest sense, whether its charities, businesses, individuals or local authorities. These Awards represent the essence of that community and this year’s Finalists are role models for us all.”

Awards Patron, the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC said:

“It is an honour to be announcing such outstanding Finalists in this, the Soldiering On Awards 12th year. Each group of Finalists stands on the shoulders of remarkable people who have gone before them, and they are now the worthy holders of this special recognition on behalf of the Armed Forces community. We salute you all!”

X-Forces Enterprise CEO Lt Col Ren Kapur MBE said:

The Armed Forces lead the way in demonstrating what it truly means to be a supportive community; both when duty calls and beyond into civilian life. The ethos, values and achievements of each of this year’s Finalists are remarkable and they deserve our hearty congratulations to have reached this position amongst so much worthy competition.”                                     

Awards Finalists

Healthcare & Rehabilitation Award – Sponsored by Redwood Technologies Group

  • Help for Heroes Clinical & Medical Services Team (Salisbury, Wiltshire)
  • Jason Stevens (Tonbridge, Kent)
  • We are with you (London)

Education, Training and Development Award – Sponsored by Capita

  • Building Heroes (Crawley, Sussex)
  • Dr Alison Baverstock (London)
  • Bravo 22 Company (London)

Working Together Award – Sponsored by FiMT (Forces in Mind Trust)

  • We are with you (London)
  • Sporting Force (Co. Durham)
  • The Veterans Charity, HM Armed Forces and the UK Transport Sector (Barnstaple, Deven)

Defence Inclusivity Award – Sponsored by Landmarc

  • Natasha Day (London)
  • Lt Col Gilly Moncur (Highlands of Scotland)
  • Lieutenant Commander Suzanne Lynch (South Wales)

Inspiration Award – Sponsored by NatWest (Public Vote)

  • Mark Bowra MBE (Dorset)
  • Sip Powers (North Yorkshire)
  • Gina Allsop (Sussex)

Family Values – Sponsored by Amazon

  • Seren Killpartrick (Surrey)
  • Mutual Support – The Armed Forces Multiple Sclerosis Support Group (National Group)
  • Justine Clayton & Lee Bayley – DMWS Removing Barriers to Family Life Team (Herefordshire)

Animal Partnership Award – Sponsored by Pets at Home (Public Vote)

  • Service Dogs UK (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)
  • Stable Lives (Wigan, Lancashire)
  • Richard Mearns and Assistance Dog Ziggy (London)

Sporting Excellence Award – Sponsored by BMF Human Performance (Public Vote)

  • Sally Orange (Salisbury, Wiltshire)
  • Mark Tonner (Catterick, North Yorkshire)
  • Corporal Thomas Green (Hampshire)

Business of the Year – Start Up Award – Sponsored by GKN Aerospace

  • Craig Smith – NDA Homes (Staffordshire/Cheshire)
  • Murray Hambro – Whitehart Fitness (Worthing, Sussex)
  • Helen Mason – Jammy10 Cocktail Club (Trowbridge, Wiltshire)

Business of the Year – Scale Up Award – Supported by London Stock Exchange Group Foundation

  • Lee Harris-Hamer – White Horse Cleaning Company (Thirsk, North Yorkshire)
  • Lee Jones – Celtic International Freight Limited (Swansea, Wales)
  • Craig Warren – Rex Cleaning and Maintenance (Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire)

Business of the Year – Community Impact Award – Sponsored by Cisco

  • Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (Bishopton, Renfrewshire)
  • Ger Fowler – Veterans In Crisis CIC (Sunderland)
  • Shane Glasspool – Crimsham Farm CIC (Pagham, West Sussex)

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by Oracle

  • Jeffrey Long MBE (Bradford, West Yorkshire)
  • Sip Powers (North Yorkshire)
  • James Griffiths MBE (Herefordshire)
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