Felix Fund has won a second grant from the Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Fund, the Prime Minister has announced. This new £85,000 grant means Felix Fund can help a further 120 bomb disposal experts to readjust to life in the UK after their exhausting and often traumatic Afghan tours.
Felix Fund Chief Executive Holly Davies and beneficiaries W02 Gareth Wood MC and SSgt David Acarnley QGM met the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street’s first Armed Forces Charities Reception on Tuesday 29 October.
Holly Davies said: “Previously Felix Fund could only afford to reunite the 4-man EOD team on our therapeutic Normalisation Breaks. We are now able to include the Advanced Searchers, Dog Handlers and the Forensics Personnel that complete the Brimstone bomb disposal call sign. We are truly grateful for The LIBOR Fund’s support.”
Speaking at the reception, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, said:
“I am immensely proud to be in a room full of people this evening who are supporting our Armed Forces community. It is fantastic that so many Armed Forces charities have now been able to benefit from fines from the banking industry – it is right that this money should be used to benefit the Forces community and I am pleased to be announcing a further £9 million of funding tonight. This is the first annual Armed Forces charities reception and I look forward to having as much to celebrate next year.”
Felix Fund is the only charity to win grants from both Tranche One and Tranche Two of the Covenant Libor Fund.