Specialist security business SSGC has donated £10,000 and pledged ongoing support fora charity which helps the recovery and rehabilitation of military veterans.
The Swindon firm has announced Mission Motorsport as its chosen charity partner, providing both financial and practical support for the organisation, which works with wounded, injured or sick (WIS) ex-forces personnel.
SSGC, which earlier this year deployed 700 security officers, many of whom were military veterans, to marshal covid-19 testing centres across the UK, has donated the five-figure sum in a bid to help plug a funding gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Swindon-based security firm is also supporting the charity’s Remembrance Day events at iconic UK racing circuits Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Thruxton on Sunday, November 8.
SSGC is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC), an ongoing commitment to support the armed forces community, and managing director David Stubbs believes the partnership with Mission Motorsport was a natural move.
David, himself a former military police officer, said: “We have a long-established link with the armed forces, indeed 50 percent of our shares are owned by veterans, and signing the AFC was our first step into formal support for veterans and the servicing communities.
“We now want to move that support up a notch and working with Mission Motorsport was the perfect fit.
“It’s about more than simply donating much-needed funds. We will work with the charity to help their ongoing commitment to getting WIS personnel into meaningful employment, meanwhile they will provide expert guidance for us as we look to work towards gold AFC status.”
A service charity and a member of the Confederation of Service Charities, Mission Motorsport has an award-winning collaborative model of working with government and other service charities to help those affected by military operations by engagement through sport.
Each year the charity holds a Race of Remembrance, an endurance motorsport race which pauses for a remembrance service.
Due to Covid-19, this year’s planned race, which was to feature Jason Fox, star of Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins, has been cancelled. However, the charity will be holding various other online and socially-distanced events, including a live broadcast pitlane remembrance service at Thruxton, which SSGC will be supporting.
James Cameron, CEO and founder of Mission Motorsport, said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of SSGC and we’re incredibly grateful for their donation, which comes at a time when charities up and down the country have been hit by a downturn in donations due to Covid-19.
“I know David is particularly passionate about supporting veterans and this is reflected in SSGC’s work and signing of the AFC, which, in turn, we will support them with as they look to work towards gold status.
“We’re thoroughly looking forward to developing an ongoing partnership in which we can both continue to flourish.”
More information about SSGC can be found at www.ssgc-net.com and on social media.
Mission Motorsport's website is www.missionmotorsport.org