Rotary District 1060 Conference, Llandudno, 20-22 October 2017
Thank you to Rotary District 1060 for inviting Troop Aid to have a stand in the House of Friendship. We met many interesting people during the weekend. It was also good to see so many Rotary friends once again!
Troop Aid has volunteers who are happy to make presentations on behalf of the charity. Please get in touch if this would be of interest.
Visit by Cllr Ian and Mrs Sheila Courts
20 July 2017
We were so pleased to welcome Cllr and Mrs Courts (centre) to the warehouse today. They have been keen Troop Aid supporters for many years. We were able to show them where the Grab Bags that support our injured service personnel are packed. It was great that Troop Aid volunteers Pam and Alfred Eves were also able to join us. The Grab Bags are now being sent all over the world. Troop Aid – a small charity with a worldwide reach.
The challenge does not have to be extreme! It can be as simple as a number of friends organising a sponsored walk. Or asking a Scout or Brownie group to undertake a sponsored cycle ride. For some people it may be about taking them out of their comfort zone like undertaking some form of Bootcamp Training.
Or giving up a daily treat for a week or a month - like a chocolate bar and donating the money to Troop Aid
You choose how it’s done!
Sponsorship forms are available on request.
There’s a Troop Aid T shirt for all participants.
To register your interest please
telephone 0121 711 7215
Here are some ideas:
Groups and individuals can:
• Help to bag pack at a supermarket
• Have a beer and skittles night out
• Make Troop Aid your company’s Charity of the Year
• Organise a coffee morning at work or home
• Get fit by doing a cross country run with friends, family or work colleagues
• Play a football match against another company or group of friends
• A cake sale in your office or home
• A dress down day at your school
• Organise a ball, disco or dance
• A motorcycle rally
• A parachute jump
• A sponsored cycle ride
• A pub quiz
• A sponsored walk
• A squash tournament
• A themed afternoon tea party
• A truck convoy
• A tug of war
• Run a marathon
Bridgnorth Walk 30 May 2016
A big thank you to Team Troop Aid who took part in the Bridgnorth Walk to raise funds to support our injured troops. A really great team effort and very much appreciated.
St George's Day afternoon tea
The Band of the Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets were the special guests at the St George's Day afternoon tea organised by the Rotary Club of Wylde Green, in aid of Troop Aid. The event raised £1431.
The Band of the Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets with
Standing L-R: Al Sutton, co-founder and Trustee, Troop Aid; Rev Peter Rainsford; Julie Frazer-Morris, Training Officer/Bandmaster, Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets; Lt (SCC) Alan Wright RNR, Commanding Officer, Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets. Seating L-R: Carolyn McLaughlin, Rotary Club of Wylde Green and Troop Aid Trustee; Pam Sutton, Secretary, Troop Aid.
From Shopping Bags to Grab Bags
Staff at Marks and Spencer Simply Food, Sears Retail Park in Solihull voted for Troop Aid to be their ‘Charity of the Year’, resulting in £7955 being donated to the charity.
Troop Aid volunteers assisted the check out assistants during the last year by packing shoppers’ bags.
A huge thank you to the M&S staff for all their commitment and help, but also a most sincere thank you to all the customers who have been so generous and supportive, helping us raise enough to be able to give 198 Grab Bags to injured service personnel.
2016 Soldiering On Awards
The awards for the Armed Forces Community. Troop Aid Ambassador Clive Smith won the Inspiration Award.
'To recognise someone who, in spite of injuries sustained while they were serving their country, has set an example by overcoming hurdles they faced during their recovery. This person inspires others to soldier on.
Clive Smith of Walsall: after losing both his legs in Afghanistan, Clive has become a major supporter of a wide variety of military charities as well as a leader in the community. Overcoming his own challenges Clive dedicates much time to others and is an outstanding ambassador for his community.'
Many congratulations from everyone at Troop Aid, Clive. An award thoroughly deserved.
Jaguar Land Rover present 110 Defender
to Troop Aid
Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull Charity and Community Committee has most generously donated a Land Rover Defender vehicle to Troop Aid.
The vehicle will help transport vital equipment and basic necessities for injured service personnel when they arrive at UK MOD Hospital Units, including the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham.
It was accepted on behalf of the charity by Troop Aid Ambassador Clive Smith.
Pictured are Troop Aid Ambassador Clive Smith with Peter Gray of Jaguar Land Rover and Al Sutton Chairman of Troop Aid.
Pic: Thanks to Jaguar Land Rover.
Troop Aid receives Chief of Defence Staff Commendation
The tireless efforts of Troop Aid charity co founder Al Sutton and his wife Pam plus their Trustees, dedicated staff and volunteers from Solihull in the West Midlands have been officially recognised with a surprise accolade.
They received the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation for their outstanding support and commitment to the Armed Forces Community of a rare and exceptionally high standard.
The Commendation was presented by the Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton at a special ceremony in the Ministry of Defence Main Building in London.
Al said: "This is a huge honour for us, the staff and the many volunteers and supporters across the UK and abroad."
"Troop Aid is a charity that significantly improves the lives and well being of service personnel who are hospitalised as a result of injuries on operations or during training."
Photograph Crown copyright. MOD2014
Troop Aid is honoured to have received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014
The Award was presented to Troop Aid on behalf of the Queen by The Deputy Lieutenant Mr David Bradnock MBE DL JP at a ceremony at Solihull Civic Suite on Tuesday 16 September 2014 in the presence of Councillor Mrs Kate Wild Mayor of Solihull and her consort Mr Jim Wild, the High Sheriff of the West Midlands Dr Tim Watts DL, Lorely Burt MP and Col Sara Hurley QHDS L/RADC.
Over 100 guests, Troop Aid Trustees and volunteers witnessed the very moving ceremony.
The charity’s Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, in a letter to Troop Aid Chairman Al Sutton said: "This is really excellent news and I send my warmest congratulations to you and all at Troop Aid for continued success, and renewed thanks for all that you do on behalf of our injured troops."
Al Sutton commented: "On behalf of Troop Aid, we are all very honoured and delighted to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This special accolade reflects the hard work by the Trustees and volunteers in supporting our injured servicemen and women since the charity was formed."
Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Troop Aid 21 Radway Road Shirley Solihull West Midlands B90 4NR
TROOP AID is registered as a charity in England and Wales. Charity number:1164106.
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