2023 Finalists Celebrated at the House of Lords
A private reception to celebrate the finalists of the 2023 Soldiering On Awards has been held at the House of Lords on 18th July, hosted by Awards Patron the Rt Hon Earl Howe GBE PC.
The reception at the prestigious Palace of Westminster was attended by the 36 finalists, their nominators, defence and government leaders and partners from military charities and big business; all present to pay tribute to the inspiring stories of endeavour and devotion to improving lives in the Armed Forces community.
Senior British Army officer Major General Gerald Strickland DSO MBE addressed the room with praise for the achievements of the shortlisted individuals and organisations.
The reception was sponsored by energy services company, Centrica, whose ex-forces pathway is recruiting hundreds of ex-military personnel to assist in the transition to Net Zero.
During the event, the online public vote was officially opened, which will determine the winners of three categories; the Animal Partnership Award, the Sporting Excellence Award and the Inspiration Award. Votes can be placed at www.soldieringon.org/2023-public-vote until the online voting portal closes at 23:59 on Sunday 6th August.
The awards, now in their 13th year, celebrate the very best of the Armed Forces community, across a diverse spectrum of twelve categories from Healthcare and Rehabilitation to Business of the Year and Animal Partnership. The Soldiering On Awards aim to shine a light on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Awards Chair, General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC led a distinguished panel of independent judges who chose from an outstanding field of nominations to select a shortlist of 36 finalists: three per category.
The winners will be announced at a glittering black-tie event hosted by special guest presenter Jeremy Vine at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge on Wednesday 27th September 2023.
Keep an eye on the Soldiering On Awards social media channels to learn more about this year’s extraordinary finalists. #SoldieringOnAwards