Coronavirus has reminded us of the importance of community, with local charities and community groups playing a key role in supporting people affected by the crisis. A grant of £2000 has been awarded from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and £2500 by Test Valley BC (Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund) to the HAF Trust.

George Bacon MBE, Chairman of the HAF Trust says: “We are delighted to have been recognised by TVBC and NET for the work we have achieved to date. This funding will greatly assist the HAF Trust in maintaining the wellbeing of its many veteran volunteers and re-generate our public outreach activities long term. The funding will additionally support the restoration of historic aircraft, valuable to the nation’s heritage and the many stories of valour that they tell and support the Trust’s key community engagement and STEM initiatives. Following the protracted difficulties recently encountered, we remain fully committed in our voluntary support to the heritage and ethos of Army Aviation and its veterans.

Jonathan Cheshire OBE, HIWCF Chairman says: “We are delighted to be able to support the HAF Trust in their work to help those in the local community. Local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations are providing a key lifeline, and it is heartening to see that these organisations have reacted so quickly and have been so resourceful in the face of the pandemic. The vital services that these organisations provide are more crucial now than ever before but are under threat more than at any other time.”