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
Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Reading Force have been 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. The 2015/6 fund priorities are community integration, the coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community, and veterans in the criminal justice system.
ABF The Soldiers' Charity - Have 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 awarded Reading Force funds to buy books for Service families.
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