Reading Force is a registered charity (No. 1159890) and warmly welcomes help and support
We rely on funding, sponsorship and gifts-in-kind to make Reading Force available to every Service family in the UK and based overseas, and to continue working to bridge distances and to bring families closer together.
This is possible only through the generous support of others and we would like to acknowledge and thank all our individual donors, patrons, sponsors and funding bodies for their help.
Funding Awards and Sponsors
“We were impressed by the support Reading Force is giving those Service families dealing with the challenges of separation and by the simple premise that chatting about a book helps parents and children remain connected,” says James Hopkins, CEO of Annington. “When the charity asked us to help them fund the costs of an Ambassador for Scotland, an important element of the charity’s development strategy, we were delighted to help.”
Annington became one of the largest private owners of residential property in the UK following the purchase of 57,434 homes from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 1996. Most of these properties are leased back to the MoD. A significant number, however, have been handed back to Annington. In the years since 1996, we have invested time, money and expertise in regenerating thousands of these homes and returning them to the national housing stock. To date, we are proud to have helped over 18,000 homebuyers, many of whom were first time buyers and key workers.
Annington were delighted that their nomination of Reading Force in the Soldiering On Awards 2019, Family Values category, has resulted in the team being selected as a finalist
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
“Spending time together is vital for all families, none more so than RAF families who face the daily challenges of military life. This Reading Force project is an ideal way to foster those relationships and ensure children stay connected particularly while parents are deployed.” Alison Wyman, Head of Welfare Programmes & Development, RAF Benevolent Fund
The RAF Benevolent Fund is an independent charity supporting the RAF Family, providing a spectrum of services that range from the Airplay programme supporting children growing up on RAF stations, to relationship counselling for RAF couples and respite breaks for RAF families and veterans. During 2018, a grant from the RAF Benevolent Fund has enabled Reading Force to be offered to several Airplay Ben Clubs for children aged 5 to 8 and their families, giving a free book and scrapbook to each child.
The Army Central Fund
The Army Central Fund awarded a grant to Reading Force to support Army families in 2017. The ACF is the British Army’s “own” Charity delivering financial support, by means of Grants, for the benefit of All Ranks, their families and dependants of the Serving Army including Army widows and those supporting organisations which provide expertise and assistance to the Army. The ACF also supports the Army Chain of Command in all theatres as well as the Army Families Federation (AFF).
Malvern Optical Limited
Malvern Optical Limited is a supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant, recognising the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and country. The company has committed to supporting Reading Force over three years. The company is a research and development provider primarily in the electro-optic and electromagnetic (radio-frequency) systems domains. Formed in 2010, and based on Pershore Airfield, Worcs, the team at Malvern Optical are experts in their fields with many years of experience in a research and test laboratory environment.
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion has awarded a grant to Reading Force to launch the project in Legion branches and reach many more Forces families and their extended family members. Working with the Legion, we will focus on supporting more families and increasing intergenerational activity by involving extended family members and grandparents. The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
Daniel Elser, Head of Grants & Social Policy for The Royal British Legion, said: “This funding will enable Reading Force to continue to provide its unique offering in support of the Armed Forces community, helping family members – whether young or old, or based in the UK or overseas – stay in touch through sharing books and stories. Reading Force’s ambition to keep families connected is one that we share, and we’re excited to work together on this initiative.”
ABF The Soldiers' Charity
ABF The Soldiers' Charity - Have continuously supported Reading Force since 2014 on various projects. They are the National Charity of the British Army offering support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. Please visit their website to find out more about their work.
Chelford House Christian Fellowship Trust
Chelford House Christian Fellowship Trust - have been supporting Reading Force since 2016 with a grant to buy books for Service families.
“We are keen to support Reading Force because of our appreciation for the Armed Forces, love of books and reading, and appreciation for good print! We only contribute to charities that we trust 100%, and that certainly applies to Reading Force.”
Oliver Allmand-Smith, Chelford House Trust
How KU support Reading Force
KU has supported Reading Force since its start. The Department of Academic Development and the Faculty of Business and Law have awarded funds throughout the project. Research on Reading Force has been included as a KU practice as research Impact Case Study and associated papers presented at several academic conferences.
How Directorate of Children and Young People, MOD help Reading Force
Directorate of Children and Young People, MOD - Supported Reading Force from 2012-2013 to expand its reach to Service families in Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire.
How Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Fund support Reading Force
Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Fund – Reading Force was supported by the Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Fund 2013-2015.
Armed Forces Covenant Fund
Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Reading Force was awarded two small grants for resources to support Service families in 2016. The new annual fund was launched in June 2015, demonstrating the Government’s long-term commitment to supporting schemes under the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and strategic partner Greenwich Hospital awarded Reading Force a grant in 2019/20 to provide RF to naval families.
The RNRMC provides consistent and unwavering support to serving and former members of the Naval Service and their families during times of need.
The Veterans’ Foundation grant will cover the costs of books and scrapbooks for families, collaboration with organisations to raise awareness of the initiative and to reach 6,000 veterans and their families in Scotland.
The VF assist people who are serving or who have served in the British armed forces, and their dependants, by advancing any lawful charitable purpose at the discretion of the trustees making grants to other charities who assist serving and former members of the armed forces and their dependants who are in need.
David Shaw, CEO and founder of the Veteran’s Foundation: ‘We are delighted Reading Force is helping armed forces veterans and their families to become excited by reading together. It will provide them greater opportunity and benefit others with whom they work or socialise.’
Bolt Burdon Kemp is a leading law firm specialising in securing compensation for those who have suffered serious injury, whether through accident or medical negligence. Their dedicated Military Claims team are passionate about representing veterans and service personnel who have sustained a serious physical or mental health injury.
Victoria Sedgwick, Solicitor in the Military Team at BBK, says ‘We have seen first-hand the wider impact an injury can have on the family, who often provide care, love and support during the recovery period and beyond. We are thrilled to be Reading Force’s first platinum sponsor and we wholeheartedly support the work they do to enable military families to spend time together during challenging times.’
BBK understand how an injury impacts not just the injured person but also those closest to them. An injury can often lead to a medical discharge and having to adjust to life in the civilian sector whilst also coming to terms with an injury and the uncertainty of what the future holds for the individual and often, their families too. The love, support and strength of family plays a vital role during this difficult time.
BBK are delighted to sponsor Reading Force which helps to keep military families close and connected during difficult times. As dedicated military solicitors we are excited to share this initiative with our existing clients and support the charity with their vital work, long into the future.
Reading Force is all about sharing books and we are grateful for the generous support of publishers. These are some of the ways publishers and publishing organisations have helped us:
- Harper Collins gave 50 copies of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ for children at a special Reading Force family day
- Scholastic, Walker Books, Bloomsbury, Andersen Press, and Zephyr have given books for RF families to review for Army & You magazine
- Barrington Stoke gave us boxes of books for our Reading Force Roadshow
- For the last two years, at Christmas, the Booksellers Association have given us hundreds of books for children, including titles nominated for the Costa Award
We would like to thank Puffin, Macmillan, Random House, Usborne, Walker, Scholastic, Andersen Press, Bloomsbury, Red Fox, Piccadilly Press, Egmont, Oxford University Press, Frances Lincoln, Nosy Crow, Zephyr, and Barrington Stoke. If you are a UK publisher and would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We had so much fun when the postman came as we didn’t know what book Freddie would be getting …
…Reading Force sent us this book, it is the second book they have sent us now and we like how much reading brings us together at any time of the day. Mum also likes seeing Daddy reading to Freddie and Freddie pointing out things in the books. This is a lovely dad and son bonding time.”
The Jackson family