Establishing the fund
The need for a fund was identified when Corporal Nick Davis Grenadier Guards lost his leg in Afghanistan in 2007. Whist the Army was looking after him very effectively, there was no, real support system for his family. This made a group of friends gather together in Newark with the specific purpose of raising money to help not so much our heroes, but their families.
The seeds for the fund were established and the task of setting it up fell to co-founders Patrick Mercer and Keith Girling, both ex-servicemen. There is now a well established Management Committee and Board of Trustees.
They called it the Newark Patriotic Fund (NPF) and it was set up in 2008 : The aim of the fund is to relieve the needs of ex-service personnel and their families in the Newark area, who have been wounded, injured or rendered sick whilst serving the armed forces, in particular through the provision of advice, support and financial assistance.
The fund meets its aims by providing the following support:
- Advocate for service users when accessing services
- Promote the benefits ex service personnel bring to society
- Provide financial management training
- Assist with job applications
- Sign posting to provisions
- CV writing
- Job application
The Newark Patriotic Fund is not designed to be big or to be national – it is designed to be small and local. This is the beauty of the Fund because it enables us to react quickly where bigger funds, understandably, may be more bureaucratic.
NPF are working closely with lots of other organisations. Some of our partners can be found here or visit our links page.