Representatives from four charities – The Royal British Legion, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), Soldiers, Sailors and Armed Forces Association (SSAFA) and Hounds for Heroes, were invited to an event at Portsmouth Naval Base where they were presented with a total of £3,400.
The money, which was raised through the company’s annual Charity Activity fortnight, forms part of a fund of £12,000 raised by the Maritime business across the UK.
A number of organised fundraising activities were arranged to raise money for the four chosen charities.
As part of Charity Activity Fortnight, Portsmouth Naval Base opened its doors to family and friends for a Charity Family Fun Day. The event was a resounding success with more than 1,200 adults and children enjoying bouncy castles, face painting and music.
Employees also had the opportunity to show their families around an important operational area, showcasing the latest sections of the Prince of Wales Aircraft Carrier. The event raised more than £2,200 for the four charities.
Alick Brown, Assistant Secretary at SSAFA Hampshire said: “We would like to thank BAE Systems for their wonderfully generous donation of £850. We would like all those who contributed their time and money to know it will help us fulfil our pledge to provide lifelong support to our forces and their families.”
Arthur Nelson, Branch Chairman, Royal British Legion Portsmouth South added: “There are lots of people out there who need the help of the Royal British Legion. BAE Systems continued support means a great deal to us and those we help.”
BAE Systems Maritime Services Director Rory Fisher presented the cheques. He said: “We are very happy and proud to be able to help such well deserving charities that do such incredibly meaningful work to support members of the Armed Services, veterans and families.”