Family Values Award – 2 Winners
Winner: War Widows Association
Bereaved military spouses can gain support from others who understand exactly what they are going through. Founded in 1971, The War Widows Association represents widows and widowers irrespective of their late partner’s age, service or rank. It provides national and regional events ensuring no military family is forgotten after the loss of their loved one.
Sponsored by: NetApp
Award presented by: Air Vice Marshal Chris Elliot
Mary Moreland, Chairman of the War Widows Association said: “WOW; to be chosen as a Finalist was incredible and felt like a win, but to actually win, well that’s a whole new level, every Finalist is amazing and is a winner. I am extremely humbled. This award recognises all those amazing but often forgotten women (and men) who supported their loved ones to serve this great country and when the ultimate sacrifice is paid are left alone to pick up the pieces.
“This Award recognises all the hardworking War Widows’ Association volunteers, the Trustees, the Regional Organisers and the Committee Assistants, without whom the Association would not now be the organisation that it is; recognised as the United Kingdom’s leading representative organisation for War Widows and Widowers. Through the generations we have moved forward together, supporting each other and championing the cause.
“The Association is moving towards its 50th anniversary year in 2021 and what an incredible way to begin our celebrations and commemorations.
“On behalf of each and every War Widow and War Widower, Thank You!”
Nick Thurlow, NetApp Managing Director said: “For the military, deployments to war zones can be only half the battle – coming home and processing their experiences can be a war not so easily defined. It is something that reaches beyond the individuals, rippling through their families and those providing a support network. We are proud to sponsor the Soldiering On ‘Family Values’ Award and share in the celebration of those innovative individuals, families, and groups proactively committing to nurturing these core human values. Through their visionary and compassionate missions, they aim to restore and rehabilitate those values. They are the unsung heroes and we hope that our sponsorship will elevate the importance of compassion and human connection.”
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