A former Royal Marine who lost three limbs after stepping on an IED has told why he is supporting a lottery that helps veterans in need – and offers players a chance at winning £25k.
Jon White, a former Royal Marines’ Captain who lost both legs above the knee and his right arm above the elbow at the age of 27 after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan, is now an ambassador for the Veterans Foundation – which raised funds for charitable projects through its popular national Veterans’ Lottery.
The Veterans Foundation is a charity which provides a nation-wide source of funding for British Armed Forces charities who struggle to raise sufficient funds to help them carry out life-changing projects for veterans in need.
Its Veterans’ Lottery raises funds for charity but also gives players the chance to win up to £25,000 in each monthly draw.
Mr White, who has taken part in a range of charity fundraising events, said:
“Both myself, and many people like me, owe so much to charities like the Veterans' Foundation and that’s why I'm immensely proud to be an ambassador.
“The Veterans’ lottery provides a long-term, sustainable source of funding for veterans living with physical and mental issues.
“It also provides funding for projects that help homeless veterans into safe shelter and supports training to help ex-servicemen and women make the transition into civilian life."
Mr White, who was with 40 Commando Royal Marines on Operation Herrick in Afghanistan when he stepped on the explosive device, has had 17 operations on his road to recovery and says that his transition to civilian life would not have been possible without the help of charities that have received funding from the Veterans Foundation.
The Veterans Foundation describes itself as a charity which provides a nation-wide source of funding for British Armed Forces charities who struggle to raise sufficient funds to help them carry out life-changing projects for veterans in need.
Founded by British Army officer Major General David Shaw CBE, the organisation has raised over £2 million since 2017 with 142 charities so far benefiting through awarded grants.
The Veterans’ Lottery, along with donations, has allowed the Veterans’ Foundation to help fund a range of life-changing projects including those that tackle issues such as homelessness and poverty, as well as providing support for men and women who still battle the physical and mental scars of their service.
So far, the Veterans’ Lottery has funded a range of projects that has included taking homeless service men and women off the streets and into safe shelter, supported veterans with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), funding work for veterans with physical disability and donated to projects that support children who have lost parents in service.