Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
14 June 2018


On June 9, a generous donation was given by the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) in Leicester to three Openreach employees following a bucket collection. 

The trio have pledged to raise sponsorship for a trek across Nepal in the autumn – where funds will go to supporting the Armed Forces community.

Lauren Thompson, Corporate Partnership Manager at SSAFA: “Openreach have really got behind the team taking on the Nepal trek in November – but it’s extra special when their local communities amplify this support of the Armed Forces. It’s testament to their enthusiasm that we will now be able to help more people in need”.

All money raised by Openreach for SSAFA goes directly to the Forcesline - a free and confidential telephone helpline providing support for serving (regulars and reserves) and ex-service men and women from the Armed Forces and for their families. As an independent charity, SSAFA is not part of the military chain of command.

SSAFA became Openreach’s first formal Charity of the Year partner in 2015, kicking off a four-year partnership to harness the power of the Openreach community for positive change. The Openreach workforce is made up of more than 2,500 ex-service personnel, recruited over the past few years.