What a year 2020 has been, a year that has challenged the majority of us. With the challenges it has also seen Communities and Organisations come together to help support those that need it. This is Hidden Warriors CIC first year of operating, if someone told us that we would help over 150 families in our first 12 months we would not have believed them.
What have we done?
Two organised fundraisers. The first being the Loop with No End, 48 miles ran in total back in February by our own Director, Gavin. The second being Jack’s Journey, the 300 mile cycle completed by 9 personnel. Jack’s Journey visited prominent Naval Memorials where Poppy Wreaths were laid as a mark of respect. This fundraiser also raised important funds for Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Group and Care after Combat.
Without the two fundraisers and donations received from our supporters to help with the projects such as the Little Warrior Battle Boxes (support for families experiencing childhood cancer) we would not have been able to support so many families. As Covid hit us all in March, we decided to help children that were isolating or from a disadvantaged background. Over 100 Activity packs were produced and distributed across Stafford and Plymouth. The Activity packs were in part helped by the Stafford Community Covid Grant.
Throughout the year we have also supported children from Veterans families by providing welfare packs, contributed to Help a Squaddie, donated much needed items to Plymouth Food Bank and House of Bread Stafford. It has also been fantastic to work alongside other good organisations. Hidden Warriors CIC believe that the right support is essential, it does not matter who provides that support as long as it reaches the people that require it. In recent months we have partnered with The Veterans Charity and had very good discussions with their CEO Danny Greeno in how we can offer support to children from Veterans families. We also have ongoing support to Charlestown Youth Football Team managed by Army Veteran Howard Dunn, it has been brilliant to see our logo on their sports kit and providing them with a Hidden Warriors Banner.
Remembrance month of November, we sold Hidden Warriors Remembrance T-shirts with 100% of sales profits being donated to the Royal British Legion. The t-shirts were expertly designed by Tailored Branding and our Director was more than happy to see a Royal Marine recruit wearing the t-shirt with pride at the training establishment.
We must also thank Steve and his team from Tailored Branding, Tailored Branding helped us to get up and running with the website, online shop and merchandise. Tailored branding are continuously supporting us with our projects and very helpful offering advice when requested, they are also one of our partners.
Hidden Warriors CIC have also begun assisting and supporting SSAFA in the West Midlands and have so far supported five families with children who’s parents are former members of the Armed Forces.
At the time of writing this Hidden Warriors CIC has been successful in receiving £2,500 from the Staffordshire Doing Our Bit fund. The fund will be used to support families in the Community of Staffordshire and is helping us to produce the Hidden Warriors Christmas Box for 18 families that consist of 36 children. Other ways to support the Staffordshire Community will also be funded by our successful grant bid.
Looking ahead to 2021 there is hope that some normality resumes and Hidden Warriors CIC can attend various Community Events, what we do not anticipate is that our support to families reduces. Unfortunately the need for support does continue and we will do what we can to help.
A huge thank you to everyone that has followed our journey and supported Hidden Warriors CIC. We hope you will continue supporting us in 2021.