The line-up of finalists for the 2020 Soldiering On Awards, now in its 10th year, has been published and truly reflects everything that’s special about the Armed Forces Community….
Awards President, General the Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC, DL and Vice-President Debra Allcock-Tyler CEO, the Directory of Social Change, led a distinguished panel of judges to choose from an outstanding field of nominations, with a record number of submissions having been received in the 10th Anniversary year of the Awards.
All Finalists will be invited to a private reception at the House of Lords in February, hosted by Lord Dannatt and attended by Awards Patron the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC and special guests. Overall Winners will be announced at a prestigious black-tie event at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on Friday 24th April 2020.
Overall winners of two of the categories, the People’s Choice Award and Animal Partnership Award will be decided by an online Public Vote, which will commence from the 20th February. Voting will take place at www.soldieringon.org
Awards President, 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 10th Anniversary 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!”
Soldiering On Awards Co-chairs Lt Col Ren Kapur MBE & Wg Cdr Tal Lambert 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.”