How BAE Systems supports Combat Stress

BAE Systems, the global defence, aerospace and security company, have been supporting Combat Stress corporately since 2008 and staff have been fundraising for the charity since 2001. With nearly 33,000 members of staff working across 62 sites in the UK, it is thanks to both the company and its employees that BAE Systems contributes £100,000 annually to Combat Stress.

The company is committed to raising awareness of and supporting mental health issues and encourages its staff across all sites to take part in fundraising activities for charity.

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Supporting employees with their fundraising

BAE Systems run regular annual events including a Cycle Challenge, Site to Site walk and Runway Mile, where over 350 people walk or run a mile along the runway at the Warton site to raise funds. For the Cycle Challenge employees cycle either 25 or 45 miles and pay an entrance fee as well as being sponsored to complete the challenge. For the Site to Site walk (in 2016), people either walked or ran the 17.5 miles between the Warton and Samlesbury sites in the North West of England. Over £5,000 was raised for this event alone this year! 

Other examples of the amazing challenges undertaken for the charity include:

  • Pete Kosogorin, who is based at the Warton site, raised over £4,000 by completing the Monte Carlo or Bust Challenge, where participants complete different challenges over three days while driving a ‘banger’ of a car to Monte Carlo. 


  • Simon Nicholl, also from the Warton site, cycled 3,500 miles between Seattle and Miami, raising over £2,000


  • A quiz night organised by the apprentices at Warton attracted over 150 people and raised £2,500


  • The Shared Services’ team at Preston also raised money for the charity.  They have organised a wide range of events from a 1940s themed afternoon tea to a walk round Preston Docks. They have also encouraged colleagues in other sites to take part


  • The business took centre stage at the Global Mobility Conference with colleagues completing their press ups as part of the Combat Stress #22PushupChallenge


  • The annual ‘Wear Red for Remembrance’ event has also gained momentum in the past year and saw individuals from several sites joining together to wear a red item of clothing over the Remembrance period and donating £1 to Combat Stress.


Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director – Programme and Support, BAE Systems, said, “Our employees are hugely appreciative of our servicemen and women, and in 2016 BAE Systems contributed almost £5.5m to Armed Forces charities and organisations through our Community Investment programme. Combat Stress is one of those fantastic organisations, providing specialist treatment and support to ex-Services personnel all over the UK.”  

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