The organisers of the Soldiering On Awards have announce that television personality and military supporter Carol Vorderman MBE and former Royal Marine LCpl John-James “JJ” Chalmers will be presenting the 2019 awards ceremony on 5th April…

Best known for her work on the show ‘Countdown’ for 27 years, Carol became the first female Honorary Group Captain for the RAF Air Cadets in 2014 and holds long associations with RAF-linked charities including the Royal Air Force Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Bomber Command Memorial committee.

JJ Chalmers was wounded in an IED blast while serving with 42 Commando in Afghanistan. The blast left him needing hours of surgery and months of rehabilitation. After re-learning almost every function for his ‘New Body’, JJ competed in the Invictus Games in 2014 to bring home several medals. Now working in broadcasting, he has covered the Paralympic Games, the London Marathon, and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Carol Vorderman MBE said: “The Armed Forces community means a lot to me and I am absolutely thrilled to be invited to host this year’s Soldiering On Awards. The UK’s military personnel and their families are some of the most dedicated in society, and it is no surprise to me that these individuals are achieving such amazing things, along with all of those who support the Armed Forces Community.

“It is a testament to the hard work and tenacity of each of them, that they are Finalists in this year’s Awards. They are all making a difference to society whether in the provision of mental health care, on the sporting field or in business. It is wonderful to shine a spotlight on their outstanding achievements, and I can’t wait to congratulate them all.”

LCpl John-James “JJ” Chalmers said: “It is a huge honour to be asked to be part of such a special night, particularly alongside Carol, who has tirelessly supported the Armed Forces. During my life and especially throughout my recovery, I have drawn my inspiration from the individuals around me, some of whom have been nominated here.”

Ren Kapur MBE and Tal Lambert MBE, Co-Chairs Soldiering On Awards, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to have Carol Vorderman and JJ Chalmers as this year’s hosts. They share our passion for supporting the Armed Forces community and together they are sure to make it an unforgettable night.”