Openreach employees reach £100k raised for charity partner SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity
Since announcing their partnership, Openreach, Britain’s digital network business, has raised more than £100,000 for SSAFA, the UK’s oldest national tri-service military, founded in 1885
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The team at Openreach has been enthusiastically supporting SSAFA and the Forces family in a wide variety of ways since the partnership began in 2015. From holding cake sales for SSAFA’s Big Brew Up campaign, to trekking for five days across Icelandic lava fields, it’s been a constant case of “engineers at the ready”. Far from just raising money to continue SSAFA’s vital work, the business has shown an enduring commitment to the Armed Forces community.
Chief Sustainability Officer at Openreach, Ian Hill said: “We’ve always had close ties to the Armed Forces community and we’re proud to say that our relationship with SSAFA is an important part of that. We provide industry leading support for reservists, employability mentoring for armed forces leavers, and we’ve actively recruited nearly 2,500 veterans into Openreach since 2011. Already this year we’ve recruited almost 300 trainee engineers from a forces background”.
Director of Fundraising at SSAFA, Tegan Jones comments: “We are thrilled with this milestone being reached. It’s a testament to the team at Openreach being fully committed since the start of our partnership in 2015. The money raised will go a long way to continue support of the Armed Forces community, both practically and emotionally. We are proud to have a partnership with a business that encourages veterans to become part of their workforce to and forge successful, new careers after leaving the military”.