A £10,000 grant by the BFBS Big Salute has given a financial boost to the redevelopment of Veterans Aid’s New Belvedere House, giving homeless veterans a starting point to rebuild their lives.
The charity were awarded the gift earlier this year to help fund two of the additional 11 rooms, as part of a £8.2 million redevelopment of the veterans home. Tim Humphries visited the east London residence to learn more about how your money is being spent.
Veterans Aid has delivered support to former servicemen and women in crisis since 1932 - significantly those leading to homelessness. The aim is to enable sustainable, independent living for veterans. Originally opened in 1973, New Belvedere House, plays a key role in this.
Since 2014, the hostel has undergone the £8.2 million upgrade and refurbishment. Thanks to money raised through the BFBS Big Salute, Veterans Aid were awarded £10,000 to fund the refurbishment of two rooms in the charity’s hostel revamp.
Each ‘new’ room costs Veterans Aid £25,000 – a figure that factors in construction, equipment, heating, electrics and provision of soft furnishings and bedding.
Current and future occupants of these rooms will have access to all that the veterans home has to offer – state of the art training kitchens, computer suites, therapy rooms, a gymnasium and unparalleled support.
The rooms provide a homely environment to men who have been homeless or faced the imminent prospect of homelessness. Each room contains, a bed, a fridge, a wardrobe, armchair and desk/workspace.
In the short video clip below British Army veteran John explains what living as a resident in one of the newly redeveloped rooms means to him.
Full redevelopment is due to be completed late summer 2018 with a planned official opening of the two new ‘Big Salute’ rooms.
The latest grants have been funded by the 2016-2017 Big Salute campaign, thanks to generous donations and sponsored events undertaken by personnel and military communities from across the forces world. This year, the #BigSalute fundraising pot had additional support from the Services Sound and Vision Corporation’s (SSVC) Board of Trustees.
For more information and ideas about raising money for the Big Salute go online to www.ssvc.com/#bigsalute