Veterans’ Foundation funding will help a Scottish charity to provide free transport for ex-service personnel making essential journeys.
Fares4Free help armed forces veterans and their families make an appointment day ‘More Than Just a Journey’ and the £30,000 VF grant will help the charity employ an additional staff member to deliver that promise.
“Fares4Free has seen a great amount of growth in requests for assistance both during and since the pandemic,” said David Gibson, Founder of Fares4Free.
This grant from the Veterans' Foundation will help us keep the process for veterans, families, referring partners, staff and volunteers efficient and easy while not seeming regimented.”
Fares4Free have given over 16,000 journeys spanning more than 250,000 miles and their drivers are trained in making passengers feel safe and at ease, while lending an ear and assistance.
The new member of staff will help coordinate these drivers to pick up and drop off heroes in need, as well as other members of staff and volunteers for the charity, fighting loneliness and isolation one mile at a time.
“In the years since Fares4Free began, the Veterans' Foundation have understood the Concept of transport helping engagement and the need. They also understand the difficulties smaller charities face as demand for their service grows and the service evolves,” added David.
“We are very grateful for this second grant from the Veterans' Foundation and proud of the relationship that has developed.”