15 September 2017

Morrisons Foundation supports new apartments for Armed Forces veterans

Royal British Legion Industries recieved a generous donation of more than £290,000 by a charity foundation set up by renowned UK supermarket Morrisons to help fund RBLI's new apartments for veterans who are wounded, injured or at severe risk of homelessness.

The money donated by Bradford-based Morrisons Foundation was used specifically for the furnishings and fittings in the apartments, which RBLI Chief Executive Steve Sherry CMG OBE said have really made them a place the veterans can call home.

Mr Sherry, who served in the army for 38 years, said: “This project would not have been possible were it not for the kind donation made by the Morrisons Foundation, who have, through their continued support of the development of this project, made a real difference to the lives of veterans who have faced great difficulty following their return from service.

“Their contribution will make a transformational difference to those in crisis who not only need a safe roof over their head but a helping hand to get them back on their feet through secured and sustainable housing before starting to job hunt.

“This is the first in RBLI’s initial plans to build a Centenary Village which we aim to open in 2019 - our centenary year - and we are extremely proud to say that the Morrisons Foundation laid the foundations for a project which will see veterans from all corners of the country receive crucial support.”

The Centenary Village will be a significant addition to Royal British Legion Industries’ already established village based in Aylesford, Kent, which houses veterans from all over the UK whilst also providing them with employment in the on-site social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company.

The Morrisons Foundation was set up by Morrisons in 2015 and since launching has donated over £15 million to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

David Scott, Trustee of the Morrisons Foundation, said: “These new specialised apartments will make a real difference to the lives of ex-service personnel, many of whom have been injured while serving our country. We were delighted to award this donation which recognises the importance of supporting our veterans.”

Charities are encouraged to visit www.morrisonsfoundation.com to find out how to apply for a grant.