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
Annington Ltd is supporting Reading Force over the next three years from July 2017.
“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.” Read our blog for more details.
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.
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 - 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.
Grainger Plc is the UK’s largest listed residential property owner, manager and developer. As a leading, responsible and long-term landlord, with both experience of working with the MOD and commitment to corporate responsibility, Grainger is supporting Reading Force with the printing of scrapbooks. Grainger is currently managing the new housing development at Wellesley, Aldershot. This is an exciting development of 3,850 new homes on former army land adjacent to the recently modernised Aldershot Garrison. The development will incorporate reinvigorating former historic military buildings with leading-edge design, to honour Aldershot’s past but look ahead to its future. For more details go to www.wellesleyhampshire.co.uk
Chelford House Christian Fellowship Trust - have been supporting Reading Force through 2016 and 2017 with a grant to buy books for Service families.
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).
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.
Hampshire County Council – HCC has supported Reading Force from its start by funding and enabling the pilot in Aldershot, and continues to support the project today. We are working together to build upon positive impact in the Service community in Aldershot and the surrounding area.
Kingston University - 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.
Rushmoor Borough Council – RBC has supported Reading Force from its start by contributing funds to the pilot and subsequent activity. We are working with RBC to raise the profile of invaluable intergenerational relationships.
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.
Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Fund – Reading Force was supported by the Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Fund 2013-2015.
Siobhan Dowd Trust – Awarded Reading Force funds to buy books for HMS Heroes groups in Plymouth and North Yorkshire who participated in Reading Force in 2013/4. The Trust aims to bring the pleasures of books and reading to children and young people. Visit the Siobhan Dowd Trust website to find out more about their projects.
Books are essential to Reading Force and the following publishers have enthusiastically supported the project by gifting books to be given away to children at our events and family days. Our thanks go to Puffin, Macmillan, Random House, Usborne, Walker, Scholastic, Red Fox, Piccadilly Press, Egmont, Frances Lincoln and Barrington Stoke.
Gifts-in-kind – prizes for our competitions have included:
The Phoenix comic/David Fickling
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the New Musical, Theatre Royal
War Horse, National Theatre
STOMP! Ambassadors Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre
Robin Hood, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Thorpe Park theme park, Chertsey