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Second group of Soldiering On Awards 2020 winners announced
Following our announcement of the first group of Soldiering On Awards winners for 2020 (SOA2020), we are pleased to follow this up with news of the winners of the Awards for Education, Training & Development, Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Sporting Excellence and the Patron’s Special Recognition. The Awards were presented at a virtual ceremony hosted by Coronation Street star, and SSAFA and Help for Heroes Ambassador, Antony Cotton.
The ceremony was also attended by the category finalists and sponsors, judges, General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, President of the Soldiering On Awards, Rear Admiral Jim Macleod, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel Capability) and Defence Services Secretary, David Richmond CBE, Director of the Office for Veterans Affairs, and Lt Col Sue Wright, Commander of the Intelligence Corps, SGMI.
As the nominees discovered they were winners, the news was simultaneously shared across social media channels.
The Army Foundation College, Harrogate won the Education, Training and Development Award
The Army Foundation College transforms the lives of young men and women seeking military service, training more than 1,000 teenagers for military service each year. It delivers the world’s most comprehensive 12-month programme of military training, education, leadership, sports and adventurous training.
Sapper Support won the Healthcare and Rehabilitation Award
Sapper Support is a phone and social media helpline service providing emotional, physical and financial support to veterans 24 hours a day. Initially created to help Royal Engineers with mental health issues, the organisation quickly evolved into helping veterans from all three Services, as well as members of 10 fire brigades and the West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Jody Jones won the Sporting Excellence Award
After her diagnosis of stage 4 bowel cancer, the incredible Jody swam the English Channel, raising £11,000 for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans. After 2,000 km of training following seven surgeries and 21 infusion chemotherapy sessions, Jody swam the 21 miles unaided in 18 hours, 14 minutes and 30 seconds, contending with strong currents, jellyfish and large ships.
A successful businesswoman, veteran’s wife and mother to two young children, Jody volunteers as chair of the North London Military Wives Choir. Her drive and determination encompass everything it takes to be both a great sporting champion and a vital member of the Armed Forces community.
James Cameron, CEO and Founder of Mission Motorsport received the Patron’s Special Recognition Award
For the Soldiering on Awards’ 10th anniversary, the Patron’s Special Recognition Award went to James Cameron (main picture, above), CEO and founder of Mission Motorsport. James is renowned for his demeanour and presence, which guarantee that people will listen to him, as well as his sharp insight and his unwavering commitment to the cause of the community – and that was even before the pandemic, during which he has swapped driving his racing cars for driving ambulances.
Mission Motorsport was also a finalist in the Education, Training and Development category. Its Automotive programme matches Service leavers to jobs within the motor industry, supporting the transition from military to civilian life.
Different kind of ceremony, same recognition of achievement
The 2020 Awards mark SOA’s 10th anniversary and the first full awards cycle since becoming part of X-Forces Enterprise (XFE). During those 10 years, more than 120 winners, teams, charities, businesses and animal partners, across a range of categories, along with countless more finalists, have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the military community.
The Earl Howe, patron of the Soldiering On Awards comments: ‘Despite the new virtual backdrop, this was a tremendous hour of celebration. As the scope and prominence of these Awards has increased with each passing year, they add ever more value through the strong and positive messages that recognition gives to the vital and impressive work being done by our nominees, finalists and winners in their communities.
‘Huge congratulations to all our fantastic 2020 winners and finalists. Each and every one of you is an inspiration to us all.’
Lt Colonel Ren Kapur MBE, CEO of X-Forces Enterprise and co-chair of the Soldiering On Awards adds: ’The selfless dedication of our winners is both humbling and inspirational. It is so special to share these moments of celebration, not just with the winners but with all of the finalists. We couldn’t do this without the continued support of our sponsors, who have stood by us and our finalists through challenging and uncertain times. Our growing community is stronger than ever.’
Click here to read about the first group of SOA2020 winners.
About the Soldiering On Awards
The Soldiering On Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country, and the diverse people and groups who work together in support of the Armed Forces community.
Click here for more information about this year’s finalists.
About X-Forces Enterprise (XFE)
XFE is the UK’s largest provider of enterprise support to the ex-military in business. Support is available to Service leavers, veterans, reservists, spouses, widows, cadets and dependants aged over 18.
XFE supports the individual throughout their enterprise journey: starting and scaling up their own businesses, ongoing support through knowledge exchange, networking and mentoring. It is the industry leader for enterprise training for the MoD and a recipient of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for outstanding support of the Armed Forces community.
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