JTI & JW Filshill join forces for charity

Charity trekkers

JW Filshill staff laced up their walking boots last week to help raise over £25,000 for charity. Along with employees of JTI and veterans from The Not Forgotten Association (NFA), volunteers from the wholesaler took part in The Big Walk: three 10 mile treks across the Surrey Hills, the Pennine Way and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

JTI’s sales employees have supported the NFA since 2009. The tri-service charity provides entertainment and recreation for the benefit of serving personnel who are wounded, injured or sick and veterans with a disability, illness or infirmity. Each year the charity supports some 10,000 deserving men and women of all ages through a tailored programme of outings, holidays, events, concerts and the provision of televisions and TV Licences.  Anyone who ever served in any of the Armed Services, Reserve or Regular, may be eligible for their help.

Simon Hannah, Managing Director of JW Filshill, said: “We were delighted to join forces with service personnel from The Not Forgotten Association and JTI to take part in The Big Walk. It was a tough trek but our team rose to the challenge and did themselves proud, helping to raise thousands of pounds for the charity. It was a privilege to meet so many inspirational individuals.”

Kevin Bradnick, aged 33, who served in the Royal Marines and was badly wounded in Afghanistan, added: “The Not Forgotten Association has been a lifeline for me during the transition from being medically discharged to becoming a civilian. I missed the camaraderie and challenges life in the Royal Marines offered me. The NFA helped to fill the void and gave me back the opportunity to mix with the lads again.”

Andy Stevens, Head of Sales, UK at JTI, said: “We are very proud of our sales team staff who have raised such an amazing amount of money for this extremely worthwhile cause. This fundraising will be matched by JTI and the money raised will enable the NFA to bring the joy of music to 80 service care homes around the UK through specially created concerts”.

For further information on The Not Forgotten Association please contact Phil Jenkins on 020 7730 2400 or email admin@nfassociation.org.