Combat Stress received a donation of £78,500 towards the cost of running their 24-hour Helpline, which offers confidential advice on mental health problems to veterans, serving personnel and their families. The Helpline operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and a large number of calls are from veterans reaching out for help for the first time.
Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, said: “Our Helpline is receiving more calls now than ever before and Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund’s generous grant will enable us to continue delivering this vital service to the military community”.
A grant of £121,500 has been made to Walking With The Wounded to enable them to roll out an early intervention programme which assists veterans in police custody, helping them to reintegrate back into society. The programme is co-funded by the NHS and the Armed Forces Covenant and, through working with veterans, has achieved a low reoffending rate of 3%. The programme will be upscaled in the North West and North East as well as launched in South Yorkshire and Humberside between July 2016 - December 2017 to benefit 2,800 veterans.
Edward Parker, Chief Executive of Walking With The Wounded, said: “Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund has been instrumental to the success of the launch of Project Nova in the East of England and I am thrilled they are continuing to support the growth of the programme as we expand. While our longer term aim is to fund Nova through statutory bodies, in the mid-term we need support from many different areas and this funding from the Lloyds Patriotic Fund makes a huge difference, and will impact many lives.”
James Kininmonth, Chairman of Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund, said: “We are seeing changing needs in the veteran and serving community and more longer term mental health issues. We are delighted to be supporting Combat Stress and Walking With The Wounded to deliver specialised care and support to the Armed Forces Community.
Founded in 1803 to assist the many casualties of the Napoleonic Wars, Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund is one of the oldest military charities of its kind and has been providing support to the Armed Forces Community on behalf of the Lloyd’s market for over two hundred years.
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