Applications now open for Forces Live Events (CSE) Beneficiary Fund
Whether you’re planning a families’ day event, homecoming or a show out on ops, the Forces Live Events (CSE) Beneficiary Fund is now open for applications from the military community in the UK or overseas …
Since its creation in 2015, the CSE Beneficiary Fund has delivered 150 events, shows and tours for around 22,500 serving military, their families and veterans. CSE is part of BFBS, a military charity that entertains, informs, connects and champions the UK Armed Forces and has been delivering morale-boosting live entertainment to UK Services personnel for more than 75 years.
Over the past four years CSE has hosted some fantastic events through the Beneficiary Fund. One example took place last year, when children of 27 Regiment RLC, Aldershot, were treated to an Easter party complete with magician and Easter egg hunt, with the aim to get the families together outside of work in a family-fun environment – something they were in desperate need of.
Troops in operational areas receive morale-boosting shows courtesy of the Beneficiary Fund, too. The CSE team delivered a whistle-stop tour across three locations in the Middle East in January, allowing the troops to relax and get together, taking their minds away from missing home and giving them a chance to let their hair down for a night of fun. CSE has also staged shows in Afghanistan, Estonia, Poland and Cyprus.
Funding has travelled as far as 8,000 miles to the Falkland Islands, with the largest audience being almost 1,000 soldiers on ops in Estonia and the smallest 20 veterans in a rehabilitation centre in the UK.
The CSE Beneficiary Fund has already contributed to around 50 family events – that’s more than 300 hours of live music, magic, face painting and costume characters. Maybe you have some similar ideas of your own?
Says Angie Avlianos, events manager for CSE: ‘We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the CSE Beneficiary Fund. Every year we get some of the most amazing applications and it’s wonderful to be able to bring these requests to life and spread joy to so many people within the Armed Forces community.’
To apply, send an email to CSE@SSVC.com
To watch a video about the work of the CSE Beneficiary Fund click here