Our Military Affiliates
We are proud of our affiliations with HMS Dauntless, the Scots Guards, No. 47 Squadron RAF, and the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps) – also known as the ‘FANY’. In 2021, we established a new relationship with the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the 41 Cadet Detachment in Dagenham. Our financial support primarily assists with a range of welfare activities for the service men and women, and their families, as well as grants for special projects.
Support for the Armed Forces
The HMS Dauntless (and her crew) were reunited as the Ship prepared to return to the sea with a renewed propulsion system and a fully regenerated weapon and sensor outfit. While the Ship was refitted in Portsmouth, its crew was able to spend more time together and The Company funded team building opportunities and community activities crew members and their families.
We hosted the Scots Guards for the Community Awards that we sponsor and awarded a grant to the battalion's Soldiers and Family Welfare Programme.
No. 47 Squadron RAF received a grant towards the Operational Welfare Fund. More than 200 squadron personnel benefitted directly, either through the provision of team events while deployed or through subsidising events at the RAF base (such as a Families' Day event).
The Company continues to support FANY HQ with grants towards salary and running costs.
The ACF 41 Cadet Detachment in Dagenham is one of the largest detachments in North East London, but is largely unsponsored and underfunded. In the heart of London's 'concrete jungle', the resources are stretched thin to support the youth organisation, where a majority of cadets represent ethnic minorities and a nearly equal number of young women are welcomed as young men. Our funding assists with the cost of uniforms, equipment and summer camp.
We are delighted to sponsor the Clothworkers’ Scots Guards Community Awards, in addition to grants for the Soldiers and Family Welfare Programme.
In 2022, we were delighted to sponsor the inaugural RAF community awards, in addition to our annual grant for the squadron's Operational Welfare Fund.
As the Ship was reunited with its crew, we were able to learn more about the process of refitting the Ship and support teambuilding and community activities for crew members and their families.
In 2020, we granted £12,000 to the Scots Guards Access to Memory project, bringing together disparate catalogues of Scots Guards archives and improving catagogue descriptions and indexing.
In 2021, we connected with the ACF 41 Cadet Detachment in Dagenham. We agreed to sponsor uniforms and equipment as well as summer camp for this large and diverse, but underfunded, detachement of inspiring young people in North East London.
Responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic this year, FANY volunteers have been at the forefront of the national response, working tirelessly to support the Nightingale Hospital in London, the North London and Westminster Coroners', the City of London Police and the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal. Clothworkers’ were pleased to support the volunteers by funding new laptops to enable staff to work remotely during the crisis.
No. 47 Squadron celebrated its centenary in 2016, and The Company was proud to sponsor a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the occasion. Artist Peter Naylor was appointed to fulfil the commission.