It is no secret that without funding from amazing organisations, we wouldn’t be here today. That’s why we are excited to announce that we received a grant worth £44,000 from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) along with their funding partner, Greenwich Hospital. And this isn’t the first time they’ve shown support! Our collaboration with RNRMC and Greenwich Hospital took off last year when they awarded us a grant of the same value to assist the Royal Navy and Marine (RN/RM) Community in South East Wales. Now, with this new funding, we are extending our reach into West and Mid Wales. We can’t wait to connect with new communities!
Our success helps more communities
Owing to the initial grant, we were able to launch successful projects in South East Wales. More impressively, this was at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic! At the time, we primarily focused on one region. But we were able to identify the need for our services in other areas too. From April 2020 to March 2021, we engaged with 40 veterans from Mid Wales and soon realised that more people required our assistance.
Woody’s Lodge and RNRMC are using the £44,000 in meaningful ways by:
- Providing new communities with facilities and support services at Amelia Trust Farm, Penlan Farm and many Drop-in Centres.
- Working with key organisations to organise outdoor activities for RN/RM children.
- Facilitating “family on the farm days” at Amelia Trust Farm where RN/RM veterans and their families can socialise and build friendships with those from similar backgrounds.
- Using networks, referral systems and partnerships to engage with RN/RM veterans and families in communities outside our current reach.
What’s more, the grant gives us the financial flexibility to assess if we can continue developing the 25Ha woodland at Amelia Trust Farm. The overall objective is to promote sustainable and ecological sensitive spaces for those currently serving in the armed forces, veterans, and their families.
We appreciate every penny
Since receiving our initial grant, we have grown our team and welcomed an RNRMC Project Officer (PO), Mark. He has already made a huge difference and is ready to implement the second round of successful projects. His role is to ensure the funds are used effectively and channeled in the right places.
Graham our CEO says:
“Knowing that we received a second grant from RNRMC makes us extremely proud! We plan to continue helping the communities in South East Wales while extending our reach into West and Mid Wales. As you know, Woody’s Lodge is well-established within the Armed Forces Community and Support Networks. But we are thrilled to expand to wider communities and welcome RN/RM veterans and their families with open arms and big smiles! Contact us today to find out more.”