On Thursday 9th February two VIC members, Liz Hamilton and Bob Elliott were invited to a champagne reception at the House of Lords in London as finalists in the national Soldiering On Awards Soldiering On Awards - Charity.
It was an opportunity to share the work of VIC with the five other finalists in the category Working Together and to meet some of the judges. The other finalists in the Working Together category are: Army Training Regiment Winchester; Brunei Stables Pony/Saddle Club; Forces Friends Project; The Invicta Foundation and Veterans Information Network Nottinghamshire.
On March 24, four members returned to London to the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge Hotel where the winners were announced in an Awards ceremony hosted by former news reader Angela Rippon and Cassidy Little an ex Royal Marine and winner of BBC's Strictly in Aid of Comic Relief.
We would not have got to be a finalist for this award without all the effort that all our members have put in over the last five years. It was a team award and recognition should go to everyone who has had a part to play in VIC being selected as a finalist; there are too many names to mention.
The Soldiering On Awards provide national recognition for the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country and individuals and groups who work together with the Armed Forces Community.
The Awards’ aim is simple: to encourage support for the UK’s Armed Forces Community by nationally recognising the achievements of groups, individuals and organisations that support this community.
Veterans In Communities were nominated in the Not for Profit Business Award Category. The Awards were held at St Mary's Chamber in Rawtenstall. VIC were the winner of this category