The Foundation of Light have a long-term commitment to support the Armed Forces, most recently the families of those who served were invited to the Beacon of Light to enjoy a range of workshops.
Remembrance-themed craft sessions were hosted in partnership with Veterans In Crisis and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, where families painted pebbles and designed football kits and much more.
Alongside Sunderland AFC, the club’s official charity has a rich heritage of showing their support for the Armed Forces community and over the last few years, created a range of initiatives, including opportunities within the Foundation of Light’s employability programmes.
Earlier this year, the two organisations achieved the Silver award of the Ministry of Defence’s Employee Recognition Scheme, becoming the first football club in the North East and Yorkshire to achieve the status.
The achievement cements their support for the Defence and the Armed Forces’ community, and formally recognises the role both organisations play in advocating that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
The announcement of the silver award means that Sunderland AFC and Foundation of Light are on track to become the first English football club and charity to achieve the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award by 2021.
10 November 2020