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Total raised so far


£255.00 of £500 target +£37.50 Gift Aid See breakdown

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4 weeks ago

Patricia Henderson


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Hope all goes well for Friday Patches. X

1 month ago



+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Gill Dryden


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Helen Doyle


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+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Claire Crosby


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Sharon Richardson


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Graham Kenny


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

1 month ago

Lou Carpenter


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

All the best to you Robin xxxx

About us

The focus of Sporting Forces activities is to support the military personnel and their immediate families through transition. The first step is to reduce their social isolation and loneliness whilst improving their physical wellbeing. Social Interaction is very important to the veterans who feel marginalised and outside of the community that they now live in. Sport and exercise are so important to the armed forces, they miss this when they leave the services. They miss the camaraderie and being part of a team. So many report that the loneliness cripples them, that they become withdrawn and this then leads to poor mental health with anxiety and depression. We also offer a route into civilian employment within the professional sports industry, we provide education, exercise, and social events to help veterans and their families by relieving mental health and social isolation. Promoting inclusion and togetherness, we can also adapt all opportunities to the needs of disabled veterans.

The charity has been developing a wider well-being programme and offering more opportunities for veterans and their families to engage in outdoor adventure alongside sport participation.

Launched in May 2021 the #SportingWarrior programme for veterans alongside the Dandelion Forces Families Project for Veterans Families.

Sporting Force is now the Portfolio Lead for the AFCT North East and Yorkshire. Under the Veterans Places, Pathways and People Programme we support 9 projects across the region. Embedding Welfare Officers and Coaches into military charities and CIC's. This has enabled the charity to create a 360 service and referral point for Veterans from across the North East,Yorkshire and Cumbria.

The majority of our beneficiaries are aged 19 to 59 years old and still have a working life stretching ahead of them. Once they feel more resilient, they have increased confidence and self-esteem they are then ready to look for employment.

When the veterans are ready, our charity can then support them to gain qualifications and to fill any skills gaps. We work with them so that they appreciate their transferable skills gained from their service such as communication skills, problem solving, delivering to deadlines, meeting expectations, leadership skills, analytical skills, technical and organisational skills. We work with employers in the sports industry ensuring that the qualifications we deliver are relevant and of the highest quality. Employers see the business sense in employing veterans as they have integrity, self-discipline, they are punctual, reliable, resourceful and mission oriented with a can-do attitude.

Our national footprint is in professional sports clubs across the UK , supporting veterans into training, employment or long term volunteering at Premiership to grass roots football clubs, professional rugby and cricket clubs.

Charity number: 1169441


A fundraiser to try and raise the last amount to reach the target of £10k for a hoist to help veterans and those with mobility issues into the hydro therapy pool and resistance pool at the Sporting Force Recovery Centre in Darlington.

My name is Robin ‘Patches’ Ellwood. I’m ex Royal Air Force and served in the 1970s. In 1974 I was injured, while on my squadron, and had to have major surgery to my left knee in 1975. Eventually I had my left knee replaced in 2013. This has now resulted in major problems with my right hip, which also needs replacing.

I have been attending Sporting Force here in Darlington where they have a gym and resistance pool that helps injured veterans, like me, in their ongoing medical problems and pre operation preparation and post operation recovery. One of the problems I and others have is climbing in and out of the pool.

To help raise money towards a hoist to lift people safely in and out of the pool I’m having a sponsored shave, which I’m hoping my daughter will do, because she doesn’t really like her dad having a beard!!!

Any donations will be gratefully appreciated and so many people will benefit from your help.

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