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Bolton Arena – Sign Armed Forces Covenant

USN Bolton Arena have joined 3,000 other organisations, including businesses and charities by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you.

It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

The Covenant is not simply a package of benefits: rather, it is the government’s aspiration of the Armed Forces Community. Its key principles are that they should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services; and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured and the bereaved.

The Covenant belongs to the whole Nation, and it is not just for the government to deliver. Local authorities, local communities, public services, businesses, charities, individuals and the Armed Forces themselves have a role to play.

We are delighted as an organisation to have signed the Covenant and look forward to a productive and fulfilling partnership with the Armed Forces.

For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant, head over to https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/

 

 

Charities Update

2016 has been an incredible year for fundraising at USN Bolton Arena!

At the start of the year staff were asked to nominate two charities that we would support throughout the year. It was decided that our fundraising efforts would go towards Cardiac Risk in the Young and Alzheimer’s Society.

£1,252.71 was raised for Cardiac Risk in the Young from selling badges and books in reception and hosting a football tournament in September.

£1,218.36 was raised for Alzheimer’s Society again from selling badges and bands, guessing how many sweets were in a jar and a bake sale.

We also raised £337.53 for Sport Relief in March with our sponsored bike ride in reception and bake sale.

Making a grand total of £2808.60!

Thank you to the staff that put in so much effort organising the events and especially to everyone that donated to either charity. We’ll be picking our charities for 2017 shortly, so make sure you keep an eye out.

Hannah’s Strictly For Charity

THE Arena’s Conference and Events Executive Hannah Mooney has been polishing up her dance moves – all in a good cause.

Hannah and dance partner Ste Brown, from Arena sponsors AO.com, are taking part in the popular annual Strictly Learn to Dance competition run by Bolton Hospice.

This involves 20 local couples learning to dance with regular professional lessons, then taking part in a glitzy final at the Macron Stadium on April 9th in front of hundreds of people. Hannah and Ste have been working hard, hoping to wow the crowds with their foxtrot, quickstep and rock ‘n roll moves.

Hannah is no stranger to charity fundraising. She likes to commit to helping a different charity each year and in the past three years has raised more than £1,500 for Wateraid, Lagan’s Foundation which helps babies with heart disease and feeding problems, and Cancer Research.

“This year, I thought I’d stay close to home and support Bolton Hospice which provides specialist care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families,” she stated.

“I myself have witnessed first-hand the important role the Hospice has in supporting families towards the end of a loved one’s life. It’s irreplaceable and provides a positive memory during such a great personal loss.”

Hannah will also be running the Manchester 10k on May 22.  Anyone who would like to support her fundraising can go to https://www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Mooney-SteBrown

 

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