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I have to say that this was a new charity to me and as such not one that I had heard of. Which was strange, bearing in mind that I don’t live far from where the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) were based, am also not that far from The Royal Military Academy, or a million miles away from Aldershot. I am surrounded by Barracks in this area of the country.
So I was surprised that the charity had not been mentioned before. So I started digging.
Forces Support was launched in 2010 (which may explain my lack of knowledge) by father and son partnership Bill and Billy McCance, with an aim to create a national network of Forces Support outlets to rais the funds needed to run the practical support project nationally.
Their Motto is: Honouring our Fallen.
The Charity provide general maintenance around the home and garden. They complete the jobs that have built up over time while a family grieves, or the work the lost family member would have done for his or her family.
The charity provides professional maintenance personnel to carry out the work required and all are direct employees of the charity.
To apply for this support you must be a parent, partner or child of a service person who died while in service with the UK armed services. The death will be through accident, conflict, illness or suicide and you do not have to be registered as the next of kin.
Major Support Projects – Forces support team can complete the more labour intense jobs that have beeen left for a period of time. Transformation depends on funds received.
Children’s play areas and bedroom makeovers.
Within the play areas we can provide playhouses, climbing/swingsets and trampolines. We will paint the playhouses to your choice.
Makeovers are designed with murals of choice redecorated and make changes within the bedroom as you want.
We create remembrance areas where a family can sit, in the privacy of their own garden to reflect in peace. We offer personalised plaques which bring added comfort, signifying that the space has been created in memory of a loved one.
We know that many people whose lives have been touched by military bereavement want to raise funds for research, or to support other families going throught grief. Many people also want to raise funds inspired by a loved one.
Forces Support can help there too,by helping these people to set up support groups and showing them how they can raise funds for their own projects.