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