During 'Falklands25', the Commemoration Year, Derek 'Smokey' Cole (CEO, Falklands Veterans Foundation) got together
with Tony Davies to raise the remaining funds for
the project when the awareness of the Falklands War was at its height.
The FVF would like to thank the Falkland Island Government, people of the Falkland Islands, all major Service
Charities, visiting Veterans and all supporters of the FVF since its conception. We would like to especially thank Sodexo, Falkland Island Company and
Stanley Services for their continued support in providing yearly donations to Liberty Lodge.
This has allowed the charity to produce and maintain first class accommodation in the form of Liberty Lodge as a
peaceful and tranquil place for Veterans and their families to return to after visiting the battlefields and
significant locations, which are poignant to them.
For this facility to remain available for the foreseeable future, the FVF continue to actively raise funds for the running
and maintenance costs. If you would like to support the FVF,
please go to the 'Support Us' page. Alternatively, if you have any fundraising ideas please
send us an email.
Click here to view more Liberty Lodge information and photographs.
The FVF has been awarded £550,000 from LIBOR fines to assist with flights to the Falklands for Veterans and immediate Next of Kin of
those Killed in Action over the next three years, including the 35th Anniversary of the conflict in 2017.
Our special thanks go to Sodexo Defence, the Falkland Island Company and Stanley Services for their continued support and assistance
to Liberty Lodge since its opening.
The FVF would like to welcome Alison Dodd as the new Operations Coordinator of Liberty Lodge. Ali started in January 2017 and
has agreed to do a 3-month trial period. Ali has settled in extremely well over a short period of time and at present is enjoying
her new post. Read more...
A fond farewell to Ellen Davis, Liberty Lodge's Manager for 7 years. Read more...
Liberty Lodge has a facial, compliments of Interserve. Read more...
Continued support is being received from military personnel based in the Falklands. On Saturday 1 October 2016 four teams of
personnel from each service (Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Civilian) took part in a charity cooking competition at MPC,
which was organised by Capt Fi Blair - the event was a great success. The teams had 3 hours to produce a 3-course meal for 20 paying customers.
It was a tight competition but the vote went in favour of the Army team. All the profits from the event were split 50:50 between the BFBS Big
Salute and FVF Liberty Lodge in Stanley (Sodexo's chosen charity). The event raised £1,728.85 in total.
Once again, our thanks go to the ABF The Soldiers' Charity, the national charity of the British Army, for their continued support in 2016.
They have awarded the FVF a generous grant which is greatly appreciated and will greatly assist us in keeping Liberty Lodge's doors open.
Continued support, which is really appreciated, from the Camping and Caravan Branch of SAMA82 who raised £300 at their 'Spring Camp'.
Read more about this branch...
Our congratulations go to Simon Weston for being awarded the CBE in the New Year's Honours List. The FVF are very proud to have
Simon as their Patron.
Our thanks once again go to the ABF The Soldiers' Charity, the national charity of the British Army, for their continued support.
They made another generous donation to the Falklands Veterans Foundation in August 2015 which is greatly appreciated.
A huge thank you to ABF The Soldiers' Charity, the national charity of the British Army, who made a very generous
donation to the Falklands Veterans Foundation in November 2014. Their continued support is greatly appreciated.
Russell Watson becomes an Ambassador of the FVF. Read more...
In October 2013, ABF The Soldiers' Charity, the national charity of the British Army, funded a Gurkha Pilgrimage to the Falkland Islands,
which cost in the region of £34,000. Read more...
We are delighted to announce that Gary Clement MBE has become a Trustee of the FVF. Gary has supported the FVF in its cause for
many years and is a great asset to the charity. He also volunteers his services in assisting the Lodge Manager with the running of the Lodge.
The FVF are pleased to announce that with the help of Mount Pleasant Complex and Holbeach ACF we carried out two large projects,
installing solar panelling to help cut the energy bills and installing an easy-to-access bath and additional handrails in one of the en-suite bathrooms.
We are delighted to announce that Simon Weston OBE is now Patron of the FVF and Tony
Davies OBE has kindly agreed to become Chairman. We also welcome Karen Cole on board as our Operations Manager.
Karen has worked behind the scenes since the charity's conception but it is only now that her circumstances allow her to take up this position.
The FVF is delighted to have the support of Red Lion Foods who have generously donated this year's running costs
(2012) for Liberty Lodge. Click here for the Red Lion Foods website.