Local Andover charity Veterans in Action have been awarded £70,000 by ITV and The National Lottery People’s Project.
You may recall a recent article informing you on how votes are to be placed for Veterans in Action, being the only Veterans Charity in the running for the Peoples Project, VIA are overwhelmed by the support and votes received and are proud to announce that after winning the vote, they have been awarded £70,000.
The Peoples Project 2023 saw 80 community projects from our nations and regions across the UK, with Veterans in Actions ALIVE (Achieve – Learn – Inspire – Value – Experience) project being shortlisted with the chance of winning the £70,000 through public vote.
Billy MacLeod MBE from the Veterans in Action Charity shared: ‘I would like to thank everybody who has voted for us, it really means alot to us, your support is what keeps us here and able to provide ongoing support to our veterans and helps us, to help them with changing their lives by providing peer support, physical, mental and social wellbeing as well as a safe place to grow and harness skills. Thank you to every single person that gave us their vote, thank you very much’
Veterans In Action have steadily grown since it’s conception in 2008 and after receiving charity status in January 2009 and throughout that time to the present date the charity has developed many projects that make up the ALIVE Programme.
It would be very easy for the charity to remain comfortable in the place they are and the niche they have carved out for themselves within the charity sector and of course there is nothing wrong with that, however, Veterans In Action want to continue to grow to become the leader in their field of helping veterans grow by immersing them in long-term projects that enable them to grow far beyond their own expectations.
Veterans In Action will continue to develop their ALIVE Centre and the projects within situated on the Hants/Wilts border to provide a ‘safe environment’ for those taking part in ALIVE.
The Peoples Project is put together by The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery, ITV, UTV and the Sunday Mail in Scotland in the chance to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in the local area.