This year, there were a number of unique ideas to mark the centenary of the First World War and Armistice Day. One such idea came from the Lancing based 5 Rings Group. Their campaign aimed to raise awareness of Care for Veterans, a charity caring for disabled veterans in Worthing.
Care for Veterans, formerly the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, was founded by Gladys Marchioness of Ripon in 1919 when casualties from the First World War reached appalling numbers. Her vision was to provide care facilities for veterans who had been permanently disabled.
Nearly 100 years on, Care for Veterans continues to provide long term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and award-winning end of life care to disabled ex-Servicemen and women from its 60 bed facility in Worthing. It needs to raise £1.9 million a year to continue to support veterans and receives no Government funding.
In order to help raise awareness of Care for Veterans and try to raise much needed funds, in the run up to Remembrance Sunday, 5 Rings Group ran a unique campaign called 11 for 11th. The campaign involved featuring 11 veterans supported by the facility. People were then asked to contribute via Just Giving.
The campaign raised its objective of £1,111.
Pete Raynsford, Managing Director of 5 Rings Group, visited Care for Veterans to deliver the good news. He said, “I’m delighted we have raised some money for Care for Veterans, and more importantly, I think we’ve helped to raise awareness of this amazing charity. They need a great deal of help going forward, something I hope local people and businesses can provide.”