05 Mar 2024

Veterans In Action: Ex-forces charity seeks critical funding

A Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder growth charity that gives military veterans a new mission – and brings aid in crisis situations – is seeking a critical funding boost for 2023

Veterans In Action (VIA) is the brainchild of former Royal Engineer, Billy MacLeod MBE, who suffered from his own mental health issues on leaving the military due to an injury sustained in the course of duty. Having found a way through the condition, Billy, using the skillsets learned in the Royal Engineers and, after studying what was happening with veterans who were suffering around the world, he realised he could do something to help others who had served in HM Armed Forces and who were suffering through the effects of war – or who had found the transition to civilian life difficult.

That was the spark that brought Veterans In Action into being, and for twelve years he and the small team he works with, have created a base in Andover – The ALIVE Centre, from which to operate, a squadron of go-anywhere Land-Rover vehicles and an ever-growing group of people who make, sustain and run them, while at the same time benefitting from everything VIA has to offer.

“Veterans In Action is primarily an expeditionary organisation, but we have an inbuilt sense of service to whoever needs it. When COVID-19 struck we used our vehicles to deliver essential supplies to the most vulnerable in Hampshire and, in the last year, we have put our efforts into running relief convoys of much needed aid and supplies to the Ukraine,” explains Billy. “We were a long way down the line with what we thought would be a funding deal to allow us to continue and even expand our operations, so this is a blow – but we are nothing if not resourceful.”

VIA is linked to a scheme which allows people to contribute a small amount on a monthly basis – https://veteransinaction.enthuse.com – and is now looking to get 1,000 people subscribing to that at £10 per month. It is also seeking further corporate tie-ups.

VIA is also looking for a minimum of 100 businesses who could donate £1,000 that would give the charity the security to continue the valuable work they carry out, to help veterans who suffer. Companies can be among the first to sign up to this scheme by contacting: billy.macleod@veteransinaction.org.uk

Billy added: “We have had some good support from automotive companies, by way of product help, which helps bring down our costs, but ultimately like all charities, we need funds. The work we do really makes a difference, both to those who are part of our organisation and those who benefit from the help we offer outside of that. Give us a crisis and we will be there – we would love to talk to like-minded companies or individuals.”

For more information, visit: https://veteransinaction.org.uk/