Wednesday, June 26th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Falkland Islands makes second donation to support Home Base

Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has made its first annual donation of £1,000 to support the work of Home Base, a Fulham-based UK charity set up to help people facing homelessness as they leave the armed forces. This follows an initial donation of £5,000 made last year.

with Research indicates that as many as 25 per cent of those who live rough on the streets of Britain's major cities served in the Forces. Nadia Al Khudhairy, Project Manager of Home Base comments: "The funds generously donated by the Falkland Islands Government has enabled Home Base to increase the number of individuals they are able to assist from nine to twenty one. It is hoped within the next 12 months funds donated will enable us to increase this number to thirty two."

"This charity is making a difference to many lives, including several who served in the Islands during the Conflict," comments Sukey Cameron, Falkland Islands Government Representative. "Supporting this, and other charities related to the British military, is an important and constructive way for us to demonstrate the continued gratitude and respect we have for the British Forces."

Military charities benefiting from FIG contributions include: Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund; Royal Naval Benevolent Fund for Officers; Royal Naval Benevolent Fund and The Army Benevolent Fund, on an annual basis. Other donations have been made to Royal Marines Memorial, SSAFFA and South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA) 82.

Sam A-Bailey (FIGO) - London

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