The stresses and strains of being a partner of a British Army serviceman or woman are often overlooked in the public eye, but it can be really tough times for these often young mothers, who never know for sure that their loved one will be returning from their tour of duty alive, let alone in good physical or mental condition.
Thankfully, there are charities out there that can and do provide invaluable support to these people, as well as the troops themselves.
The Military Wives Choir is a group that has really been thrust into the public spotlight following their incredible charity work and fundraising. Put together in 2011 by choirmaster Gareth Malone as a result of the BBC television programme ‘The Choir’. The aim of the programme was to encourage the wives and girlfriends of servicemen deployed to Afghanistan to express themselves through song. The climax of the show was a performance at the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall where they performed ‘Wherever you are’, which was later released and rose instantly to number one and held its spot until Christmas.
The success led to many other factions being born and all of these contributed to the album released in March 2012, which hit top spot with £1 being contributed from each album sale, going to the Military Wives Choir Foundation. By July 2012 there were 50 military Wives Choirs established all contributing to raising money for their charity, helping troops, their partners and veterans all cope with the strains of warfare.
Another charity doing excellent work is ABF (the Army Benevolent Fund), who have recently announced a partnership with Pandora Jewellery company. With this partnership wives, girlfriends and mothers of servicemen are encouraged to share their stories of war to raise awareness. To do your bit you can purchase a special Pandora charm to add to your Pandora bracelet. Costing just £40 this sterling silver keepsake commemorates all the hard work troops put in to keep our country safe, with 15% of the proceeds going to ABF to help them support the families of those injured or killed on service.
*It's that time of year where supporting our troops and remembering those that died to serve our country is really important. This post is sponsored, but a few members of my family have been in various armed forces and I truly believe in showing my support.