SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is our 2019-20 corporate charity

7th June 2019 Reliance News

Throughout the year Reliance High-Tech employees will be taking part in a range of activities to raise funds and help with the vital work of SSAFA, the UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity.

A mission to support the Armed Forces community

Since 1885, SSAFA has been providing lifelong support to the Armed Forces, veterans and military families across the UK and worldwide. Last year its teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 82,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts.

As David Walton, our director of finance, explains, ‘We take the selection of our corporate charity very seriously and were unanimous in the view that the incredible work SSAFA does to support those who have served their nation, and been prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, was a perfect fit with our corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives.’

We also have a longstanding association with the Armed Forces and many current Reliance High-Tech employees are ex-armed services personnel.

Leave to volunteer

Although raising funds is vitally important for SSAFA, so too is providing the time, energy and resources needed to help the charity carry out its fundraising activities.

Our CSR policy is now to give each member of staff across the business one day’s paid leave to actively volunteer their time to help with SSAFA’s charitable projects.

We have appointed eight regional coordinators who will ensure that help is available where and when it is needed by SSAFA’s various branches around the UK. And however much money is raised from employee activities nationwide by the end of the year, as a company we have committed to matching that total with an additional donation.

Big Brew Up 2019

During Armed Forces Week, 24th–30th June, Reliance High-Tech will will be helping out with Big Brew Up events around the country. The annual Big Brew Ups are a perfect way to get together with friends and family, colleagues or neighbours, have chat over tea and cake and donate to SSAFA.

Jonny King, corporate fundraising officer at SSAFA, commented, ‘I’m delighted that Reliance High-Tech has selected us as its chosen charity for 2019–20, and will help us raise funds to support service personnel and their families in times of need.

‘It’s clear that there is a genuine synergy between our organisations and I’m looking forward to working with David Walton and the rest of the Reliance High-Tech team in the months ahead.’

Look out for more news about our fund-raising activities to support SSAFA, and get ready to put your kettle on for a Big Brew Up!