Airedale Hospital receives silver award for supporting the Armed Forces
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is one of 5 organisations from West Yorkshire who each received a certificate signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff. They were among only twelve organisations from across the Yorkshire region which have been successful in winning the award.
Each winning organisation has worked closely with the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Yorkshire and The Humber, which has taken them through the steps required to achieve a Silver Award.
Presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson, and Commodore Phillip Waterhouse RN, Naval Regional Commander (Northern England), in a ceremony at the Guildhall in Hull, the organisations were applauded for their flexible working practises and positive support for Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, veterans and families of service personnel.
Nick Parker, Director of Human Resources and Workforce at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said : “We are delighted to receive this award and proud of our staff that also serve as reservists, we recognise and understand the importance of their role and are happy to support them.”
The ceremony, which is run by the RFCA on behalf of 4th Infantry Brigade, was also attended by many dignitaries including senior Armed Forces representatives from across the region and Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants of North, South, East and West Yorkshire.
Air Commodore Ian Stewart CBE DL, Chairman of the RFCA for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “I offer my congratulations to the companies and authorities receiving awards and I am delighted their hard work and commitment has been recognised.
“The network of organisations that have committed to the Armed Forces is extensive and these award winners now join our special group here in the Yorkshire region who work together to ensure the Reserves of the Armed Forces are resourced and trained to protect us in times of conflict. Our Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force Reserves make up a considerable proportion of United Kingdom’s military strength. Only with the support of these businesses can we truly realise this latent capability.
“The year ahead will inevitably bring challenges but with the continued support and loyalty of these organisations we will face future challenges better prepared with a collective determination to protect our country.”
The launch of the Employer Recognition Scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper entitled ‘Reserves in the Future Force 2020: Valuable and Valued’, and takes into account the views of a wide range of companies and industry bodies who championed the value in publicly recognising employers supportive to Reservists.
Reservists in the Yorkshire and Humber areas serve in the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines, the Army Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and can be mobilised wherever needed, to work alongside Britain’s regular Armed Forces. Reservists are an integral part of the UK Armed Forces and are trained to a high standard.