The Annington Trust was established in 1996 “for the benefit of service families living on the patch, with the objective of sponsoring community activities and projects”. Since then, the trustees, who include the chairmen of the three Services’ Families Federations, have disbursed over £425,000 to support over 400 projects. The grants have varied in size from a few hundred pounds for pre-school activities or sports clubs, to major awards of several thousand pounds.
Annington has supported the Trust financially in a range of diverse projects and activities that do not fall directly within the trust’s charitable objects. As a result, either in cash or kind, the company has made possible the advertising and mounting of events by services clubs and charities. It has responded generously to many appeals by such bodies and, for example, has ensured the continued availability and use of community centres worth several thousands of pounds. A conservative estimate of such ‘goodwill support’ since 1998 is more than £1,000K.
Annington encourages staff participation in charitable activity by match-funding the amount they raise in their own fund-raising efforts:
One person ran the London Marathon in April in aid of the Cynthia Spencer Hospice, raising £3,346.
Eight people took part on the London to Brighton walk in June, completing either 50km or 100km and raising almost £9,899 for Blind Veterans.
Six staff took part in the AHOY Construction Challenge in May, rowing from Westminster to Greenwich and raising £6,265.
Annington has long-term commitments to a number of charities, including the following:
High Ground - £60k over three years to help establish this charity which provides therapy to injured service personnel at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court and also helps serveice men and women to access new career and vocational opportunities in the rural sector.
Storybook Soldiers – is a scheme run by volunteers from the Army community, which enables soldiers to record bedtime stories for their children to listen to while they are deployed or away on a long course. Annington has been supporting Storybook Soldiers since 2008 and, since that time, has donated £50k to support its administration and other running costs.
Annington has committed £35k p.a. for the next 3 years to help establish The Ripple Pond as a charity. The Ripple Pond is a network of local, peer-led, self-help support groups for the family members of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, reservists & veterans.
|London Marathon runner, Paul||The AHOY rowing team||100k walkers, David and Nicola|