Our Military Affiliates
We are proud of our affiliations with HMS Dauntless, the Scots Guards, No. 47 Squadron RAF, and the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps) – also known as the ‘FANY’. In 2021, we established a new relationship with the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the 41 Cadet Detachment in Dagenham. Our financial support primarily assists with a range of welfare activities for the service men and women, and their families, as well as grants for special projects.
Support for the Armed Forces
The HMS Dauntless (and her crew) have not been active whilst the ship has been under repair, but we are looking forward to hearing from the new commander in due course. Meanwhile, we awarded £20,000 to the Scots Guards Soldiers and Family Welfare Programme along with an extraordinary grant of £12,000 to the Scots Guards Access to Memory project, aimed at unifying disparate catalogues of Scots Guards archives and improving the catalogue descriptions. We are delighted to contribute £23,000 to No. 47 Squadron RAF annually, as a welfare grant, although the COVID-19 crisis prevented the squadron from using the funds as anticipated in 2020. The annual grant will be carried forward and increased, and directed at even more programmes to support the squadrons and its community at home and in deployed locations.
The FANY's time in 2020/2021 has been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, as they have been part of a nationwide response team, helping our communities through the crisis. The Company was proud be in a position to support the HQ at the start of the crisis with funds for three laptops, enabling the team to work remotely. This was in addition to our annual grants towards salary and running costs.
The ACF 41 Cadet Detachment in Dagenham is one of the largest detachments in North East London, but is largely unsponsored and underfunded. In the heart of London's 'concrete jungle', the resources are stretched thin to support the youth organisation, where a majority of cadets represent ethnic minorities and a nearly equal number of young women are welcomed as young men. Our funding will assist with the cost of uniforms, equipment and summer camp.
Responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic this year, FANY volunteers have been at the forefront of the national response, working tirelessly to support the Nightingale Hospital in London, the North London and Westminster Coroners', the City of London Police and the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal. Clothworkers’ were pleased to support the volunteers by funding new laptops to enable staff to work remotely during the crisis.
In 2021, we connected with the ACF 41 Cadet Detachment in Dagenham. We agreed to sponsor uniforms and equipment as well as summer camp for this large and diverse, but underfunded, detachement of inspiring young people in North East London.
We were delighted to host the inaugural Clothworkers’ Scots Guards Community Awards at Clothworkers’ Hall in 2019, annual awards that The Company is also proud to sponsor.
No. 47 Squadron celebrated its centenary in 2016, and The Company was proud to sponsor a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the occasion. Artist Peter Naylor was appointed to fulfil the commission.
We support the Ship’s Welfare Fund, and take every opportunity to get to know the HMS Dauntless crew better. When not deployed abroad, they are able to leave their Type 45 Air Defence Destroyer in Portsmouth to join us at Clothworkers’ Hall.
In 2020, we granted £12,000 to the Scots Guards Access to Memory project, bringing together disparate catalogues of Scots Guards archives and improving catagogue descriptions and indexing.