As we celebrate Armed Forces Day, who will you nominate for a Soldiering On Award 2020?
As the country comes together to celebrate the work of the Royal Navy, RAF and Army on Armed Forces Day (29 June), the Soldiering On Awards are asking who will you nominate for their outstanding contributions to the military community?
Nominations for these prestigious Awards, which will celebrate their 10th anniversary next year, open on that important day in the Forces calendar. We are seeking nominations across 12 categories to recognise the inspirational achievements of serving and former members of the Armed Forces, and all the volunteers, teams, organisations and members of the public who support this amazing community.
Nominations for a 13th Award – the People’s Choice Award – are selected by the judges from all the category nominations. This process is led by Lord Dannatt.
From Sporting Excellence to Family Values, and from Business of the Year to those championing Inclusivity within the Armed Forces, there is a breadth of opportunities to nominate those who inspire you. Nominations close on 30 September 2019. All those who have been shortlisted will be invited to a special finalists reception at the House of Lords in February, with the winners being announced at a prestigious black-tie event on 24 April 2020. The finalists will all be the guests of the event sponsors and organisers to honour their achievements.
Awards Patron the Rt Hon Earl Howe, PC, Minister of State for Defence, says: ‘The Soldiering On Awards recognise the bravest and most selfless of the military community, and give us the opportunity to pay tribute to those who do so much in the support of the Armed Forces. I encourage everyone to nominate anyone who has gone above and beyond to improve the lives of those who have served their country, to show them how grateful we are for their vital work.’
Ren Kapur MBE, founder and CEO X-Forces Enterprise and co-chair SOA, adds: ‘As we celebrate Armed Forces Day, commemorating the valiant service of men and women in the British Armed Forces, the Soldiering On Awards take this commemoration a step – or rather a giant leap – forward, beyond this one day of celebration. We ensure that anyone from within the military family who has inspired, achieved or overcome the toughest hurdles has the chance to shine more permanently.’
Mandy Small, whose 11-year-old son Jamie won the Family Values Award in 2019 says: ‘Winning a Soldiering On Award has been amazing for Jamie, he’s so proud to have received recognition from the very people he wants to help. He’s had strangers say thank you and well done since winning. Since the Awards I’ve been given a chance to speak publicly about our story, which is something I want to pursue. Winning the award has changed both our lives for the better and has ignited both our passions to do more in the future.’
How do I nominate?
It couldn’t be easier! We value your time and have made the nomination process straightforward. Simply go to www.soldieringon.org and you will find all the information you need as well as details of all the categories open for nominations. Partially completed nominations can be saved and returned to later.
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