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Soldiering On Awards 2021 finalists announced

Soldiering On Awards 2021 finalists announced


23 Jun, 2021

At the beginning of Armed Forces Week, the Prime Minister joined the ranks of Soldiering On Awards supporters as the 2021 category finalists were announced …

This year’s finalists were chosen from a record-breaking 275 individuals, partnerships and organisations nominated for an award. This is the highest number in SOA’s 11-year history and a 20% increase on 2020.

Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, the Prime Minister commented: ‘The Soldiering On Awards is an important, regular event in the life of the Armed Forces community and I am honoured to give the awards not only my support, but the firmest of congratulations. Whatever your connection to the Armed Forces, we as a nation salute your extraordinary achievements and express our profound gratitude for everything you do for the people who keep us safe and secure. And it is for all that, and more, that I am proud to salute the Soldiering On Awards and thank Ren Kapur and her team for creating a process that showcases the talent and abilities of all of you who make up the Armed Forces community.’

The Prime Minister was joined by Leo Docherty MP, the Minister for Defence People and Veterans, who added: ‘The Soldiering On Awards is such a great opportunity to recognise some of the heroic work that goes on in the sector. I’m really proud to be associated with it and I fully encourage you all to show your support for these incredible individuals and organisations.’

To ensure the judging process was as fair as possible, earlier this year SOA announced a diverse mix of new judges, with representation from all three Services. We can now announce an equally diverse group of finalists, with ages ranging from 22 to an incredible 102.

Talking about the finalists, General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, co-chair of judges, says: ‘What a privilege to have judged the finalists from such a rich list of nominations – all of whom were undoubtedly winners in their own way!’

CEO, Soldiering On Awards, Lt Col. Ren Kapur MBE, adds: ‘There is so much incredible talent within the Armed Forces community. The amazing things going on around the community deserve special recognition – great ideas and innovation, combating adversity, bringing joy and solutions to society. The Awards really lift the lid on these extraordinary achievements. I could not be prouder of everybody involved in bringing these awards together.’



Family Values Award

  • Give Us Time
  • WO2 Emma Sagar
  • Mutual Support


Forces in Mind Trust Working Together Award

  • Greater Manchester Police Armed Forces Lead
  • Mission Automotive, delivered by Mission Motorsport
  • Military and Police Support of West Tyrone (MAPS)


Education, Training, and Development Award

  • Making Generation R
  • Tom Leigh
  • Neil Jurd OBE


Healthcare & Rehabilitation Award

  • Edward Dean
  • Nikki McCartney
  • Veterans’ Growth


Sporting Excellence Award

  • Neil Heritage
  • Sally Orange
  • Josh Boggi
  • Jeffrey Long MBE


Inspiration Award

  • Stephen Vause
  • Mark Ormrod MBE
  • Martin Hewitt
  • Margo Hetherington MBE


Animal Partnership Award

  • Barry and Bella
  • Dale McGleenon and Leffe the Frenchie
  • Richard Mearns and assistance dog Ziggy


Defence Inclusivity Award

  • Defence Hindu Network
  • Compass Network
  • Emma Norton


Lifetime Achievement Award

  • George Batts MBE, Leg d’honneur
  • Martin Frank ‘Bill’ Sykes BEM
  • Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE


Business Start-Up Award

  • Sam Jeffs, Peregrine Logistics
  • Thomas Foster, Pull the Pin Rum
  • Olivia Harris, Virtualoom


Business Scale-Up Award

  • Richard Hamlyn Tucker MBE, AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd
  • Jane Chappell, Arcanum Information Security Ltd
  • Kieron Honeyman, KH Plant Training Ltd


Business Community Impact Award

  • Nigel Seaman, Combat2Coffee
  • John Lodge, Hexitime CIC
  • Paul Matson, Hull 4 Heroes


Click here to read all about the line-up of 2021 finalists.


About the Soldiering On Awards

Now into its 11th year, 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.