We were awarded two major grants in November to help us with our work. £15k from the Army Benevolent Fund, this is their second grant to us, the first in 2017. The second one is from The Veterans Foundation for £10k. This brings their total support to us in the past two years up to £27k which is amazing. Thanks to this level of support our work helping homeless veterans is assured throughout 2020.
On the subject of Grants, we need to put straight a news report from October that stated that the Sheffield City Region Mayor had granted us £90k from the Million pound MOD grant to support homeless veterans around the Country. That was not the case. We were offered £50k but specifically to employ a business development person for a 12 month contract. This goes against our ethos of keeping our running costs low and therefore we declined that deal.
NEW PATRON our Founder Tom Wood is after many years of front line service to homeless veterans standing back slightly but will remain as an advisor and the trustees were delighted when he accepted their offer of becoming our new Patron in March 2019.
We were visited by two VIPs on 4th November 2019. It was pleasure to host Vice Lord Lieutenant John Holt DL and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Janet Wheatley MBE DL to look at the work our charity carries out here in South Yorkshire.