Missile maker signs up to back charities

The Bolton News: Steve Wadey, left with defence minister Philip Dunne Steve Wadey, left with defence minister Philip Dunne

MISSILE maker MBDA is accustomed to backing the Armed Forces with its firepower — but now it has pledged to support serving soldiers and veterans in a different way.

The Bolton firm has signed up to the Armed Forced Corporate Covenant — a promise to support forces’ charities.

Managing director Steve Wadey visited the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall to sign the agreement which reinforces MBDA’s commitment to three charities — the Army Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Charity.

The company has already raised more then £70,000 for the three causes at their customer dinner in November.

MBDA also supports the Sailors’ Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Families’ Association (SSAFA) which supports ex-servicement from all areas of the country.

An employee-led event call the Big Brew Up which takes place at four MBDA bases — including Lostock — has also raised nearly £5,000.

Mr Wadey signed the covenant with defence minister Philip Dunne.

Mr Wadey said: “When the opportunity to sign the AFCC arose, it was instinctive for MBDA to want to show its long-standing commitment and support for the armed forces.

“As one of the country’s leading defence suppliers and an employer of both reservists and ex-members of the armed forces, we want to show the regard and respect all of us at MBDA have for service personnel, their families and the responsibilities they shoulder.

“Signing the AFCC is a public declaration of our support and I am glad that we have had the opportunity to do so alongside the minister.”

Mr Dunne said: “The men and women of our Armed Forces and their families represent the very best of society so it is only right that everyone, including all businesses, recognise their tremendous contribution and sacrifice.”

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1:11pm Mon 23 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

This is all well and good but if ALL the weapon makers stopped producing then there would be no wars and no need for charities for military personel.It's a vicious circle.Peace on earth.
This is all well and good but if ALL the weapon makers stopped producing then there would be no wars and no need for charities for military personel.It's a vicious circle.Peace on earth. boltonnut

6:12pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

You could not make it up. Make missiles that kill and maim, then give donations to a charity for injured soldiers.

It goes to show everybody how fecked up this world is.

Blood Money - The charities should not accept it.

Former R.A.
You could not make it up. Make missiles that kill and maim, then give donations to a charity for injured soldiers. It goes to show everybody how fecked up this world is. Blood Money - The charities should not accept it. Former R.A. Beyond News Forum

11:40am Tue 24 Dec 13

Puffin-Billy says...

Yet more despicable hypocrisy on the part of our politicians.

David Cameron attempts to justify Britain's foreign and domestic policies by claiming that Britain is a Christian country.

I couldn't think of anything more un-Christian than a Prime minister who goes to despicable totalitarian regimes -whose records on human rights are abysmal- to sell arms which will be used to kill innocent men women and children.

For Stephen Wadely to claim he is being charitable by giving to our Armed Forces Charities is like a heroin pusher telling his victim she can have somewhere to stay for the night.

And for a Bolton so-called Christian (Roman Catholic) school to encourage its pupils to work for the arms industry which manufactures drones which kill innocent men women and children is a complete and utter disgrace.
Yet more despicable hypocrisy on the part of our politicians. David Cameron attempts to justify Britain's foreign and domestic policies by claiming that Britain is a Christian country. I couldn't think of anything more un-Christian than a Prime minister who goes to despicable totalitarian regimes -whose records on human rights are abysmal- to sell arms which will be used to kill innocent men women and children. For Stephen Wadely to claim he is being charitable by giving to our Armed Forces Charities is like a heroin pusher telling his victim she can have somewhere to stay for the night. And for a Bolton so-called Christian (Roman Catholic) school to encourage its pupils to work for the arms industry which manufactures drones which kill innocent men women and children is a complete and utter disgrace. Puffin-Billy

11:50am Tue 24 Dec 13

Puffin-Billy says...

Correction- "Steve Wadey".
Correction- "Steve Wadey". Puffin-Billy

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