In March 2023 Forces Manor unexpectedly received notice that we had been nominated for a top Military Veterans award. But it’s thanks to those who have taken part and supported Forces Manor, such as Anthony, Angel Services, Stewart, Nick, Mark, Connor, and many more. This nomination is for you all.
It’s a real honour to be of nominated for this award, but the nomination is for Forces Manor is not about me. It’s about the military which gave me the chance to be me, and for that, and the nomination I’d like to say heartfelt thank you. The nomination is hugely positive and will open new doors and avenues that will directly benefit veterans and serving personnel.
Being a finalist in this award is top military honour, but it’s thanks to those who have taken part and supported Forces Manor, the is for all you as well.
Forces Manor Cool Blue Appreciation Award as a way to express gratitude and return favour. Every year, Forces Manor will commemorate and recognise a person or group for their accomplishments, contributions to good causes, and efforts towards personal growth.
Cool Blue Award winners to date:
Anthony Campbell 2021, scroll down to read on.
Angel services 2021, scroll down to read on.
Mark Bradley 2022, scroll down to read on.
Mark Bradley and his cycling squad won in 2022. Tony, the founder of Forces Manor, and Mark were both members of the Royal Corps of Transport while Mark was in the Army, and the two have remained close friends ever since. The 600 miles that Mark and his crew cycled from Bridgewater, Somerset, to Forces Manor, Kincraig, was their greatest accomplishment. The cycling group led by Mark, Andy Chapell, Dave Bromme, Dave Bromme, Nigel Gulliford, Matt Draper, Nic Edmonds, Russ Nurcombe, Karen Brennan, and Jerry Wallis. Jerry Palmer and Chris Whitefield, who drove the team’s vans along the roadside, contributed to their incredible feat. However, what makes this venture even more impressive is how it came about and Mark’s motivation for assembling the team and achieving the goal. I was in awe when Mark and his team came at Forces Manor having completed the amazing feat in just one week, but it wasn’t until later that Mark gave an explanation of his entire strategy that I was left speechless. Mark received a Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) diagnosis on the day he called to share his idea, and he then made the decision that he wanted to do something extraordinary. That’s exactly what he accomplished, and in doing so, his team helped Forces Manor raise nearly £14,000.
Anthony was the first winner, and he received a cash prize, a trophy, and a certificate to recognise his remarkable enthusiasm and dedication to Forces Manor. Anthony has been a key member of the Forces Manor team since day one. He also gets the honour of having a room named after him because he created the idea for the room’s theme, the games room.
Anthony started working at Forces Manor as a schoolboy and Army cadet at the beginning of the development. He put in a lot of overtime as a Saturday worker and over school breaks at Forces Manor. Throughout the first year of the development, Anthony never missed a Saturday at work. Forces Manor has undoubtedly benefited greatly from his work and dedication, which helped launch the project. The games room will now be known as “The Campbell Lounge” because Anthony conceptualised the notion and sketched the features and designs.
Gratitude, Anthony Your early, arduous efforts have undoubtedly paid off, thus it is only right that you be acknowledged for your exceptional accomplishments. Your efforts on behalf of Forces Manor have been much appreciated, and your contribution to this unique project will always be acknowledged and remembered. We hope that Anthony will be motivated by receiving this award and will realise how valuable, competent, and deserving he is. If Anthony is to succeed in life, as we believe he will, it is essential to give him a feeling of purpose and belonging.
The second-place winners were Aviemore’s Angel Services, who were recognised for their outstanding fund-raising efforts in 2021. As of April 2023, Rhona and Marie have raised £13,000 for Forces Manor.
Forces Manor can’t thank them enough for their incredible dedication to the cause; FM is grateful for everything they have done. Thank you, Angel Services’ Rhona and Marie.
An Angel Services Rowan tree will be planted at the main entrance to honour their incredible contribution to Forces Manor.