A recent announcement from Boeing allocating more than $10 million in grants to 102 Forces charities worldwide will allow SSAFA to continue their vital work with the military community…

This latest round of charitable funding exceeds targets set by the aerospace and defence company and demonstrates their ongoing commitment towards supporting the Forces worldwide. SSAFA will receive a total of £62,000 from Boeing, to be split into two separate funds:

  • The Boeing Emergency Fund will consist of £31,000 to be accessed by SSAFA’s on-the-ground team of caseworkers, to help members of the Forces family who are in urgent need
  • The second half of the funding will go towards SSAFA’s mentoring programme which helps motivate, support, and empower Armed Forces leavers to fulfil their potential in their new lives outside the military. Trained mentors provide long-term, one-to-one, face-to-face support during transition and for up to two years post discharge. Boeing’s support will allow SSAFA to train 40 new mentors

Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity said: “SSAFA is proud to be there for every member of the military community when in need – it is the very least that we can do for the men, women and families who have dedicated their lives to ensuring the safety of our nation. Without the support of companies like Boeing UK, the impact and reach of our vital work would be curtailed.”

Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK & Ireland, said: “It’s important for us to know that those who have served our country, together with their families and loved ones, are looked after and cared for in times of need, and supported in their transition to civilian life. It’s an honour to partner with SSAFA as our 2019 UK Charity of the Year, and help SSAFA’s network of over 5,600 dedicated volunteers build stronger communities.”