Monday 6th November 2023
Do you know of a UK military family member who has done something extraordinary to support the Armed Forces Community? You can now nominate them for a Celebrating Forces Families (CFF) award.
The Celebrating Forces Families awards are back for their third year in April 2024 and they are going to be bigger and better than ever with a brand-new venue and two new awards!
Celebrating Forces families
For the last 2 years the awards have highlighted the invaluable contributions and unwavering support that military families give to the whole armed forces community. The awards night has the full support of the Ministry of Defence, and each year they send senior military representatives from each of the services.
The Awards Ceremony has previously been held at the Victory Services Club, but with growing popularity we have had to move to a larger venue. The 2024 Awards Ceremony will be held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, London City.
A launch event was recently held at Barclays world headquarters in London and was hosted by Military Husband & RAF Reservist Chris Keen and Forces News journalist Sian Grzeszczyk. The nominations gateway was officially opened by Air Commodore Wendy Rothery and will remain open until 15th December.
Air Commodore Wendy Rothery said:
“I am delighted to join the Celebrating Forces Families Team to formally open the nominations for the 2024 Awards. Our families are true unsung heroes who routinely go above and beyond to support the entire Armed Forces Community; they fully deserve the formal recognition that these awards bring. On behalf of Defence, thank you!”
Individuals and organisations can put forward their nominations for these prestigious awards by heading to the Celebrating Forces Families website. You can vote in categories such as Inspirational Family Member of the Year, the Young People’s Award, Overcoming Adversity and Military Family Charity.
Members of the Ministry of Defence Partner Employment Working Group (the organisers of the Celebrating Forces Families Awards) saw a need for a dedicated platform to exclusively celebrate the achievements of serving military families. The awards then became a reality in 2022.
There are many events and awards evenings that happen across the UK to celebrate the achievements and sacrifices made by our serving personnel but until now there was nothing that focused purely on the family members.
Vice Admiral Phil Hally, Chief of Defence People, said:
“Events like these are what the ‘living in our shoes’ report terms small acts of kindness and they are important as while they increase resilience and bolster self-sufficiency the most important thing is that they help to celebrate just how important our families are.”
Barclays is the headline sponsor for the 2024 Celebrating Forces Families Awards and have joined forces with several other companies to support the 2024 ceremony.
These include Mott MacDonald, Defence Discount Services, Centrica, BFBS and Forces Employment Charity.
Kevin Gartside, Head of Military & Veterans Outreach at Barclay said:
“Barclays is delighted to continue its support of the Celebrating Forces Families Awards. These awards highlight the amazing achievements of the broader military community, giving this vital support network its own time to shine. These awards put spouses, partners and military children in the spotlight and give them the recognition they deserve. The awards very much align with the importance that the bank puts on supporting our communities”.
There are still a few sponsorship packages remaining for organisations who want to become a part of the 2024 event. Those interested are encouraged to speak to a member of the event team or visit the website or further information – www.celebratingforcesfamilies.co.uk
Contact the CFF Event Team at info@celebratingforcesfamilies