Trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have donated a £30,000 grant to charity Launchpad, to contribute towards some of the running costs of two houses for homeless veterans.

The charity provides accommodation and support to help veterans stabilise their lives and make a successful transition from military to civilian life.

Last year, Launchpad supported 157 veterans across both houses and has helped 455 veterans since 2013. 80%-90% of residents who go to Launchpad are homeless on arrival.

The grant will contribute to helping veteran residents living at Avondale House in Byker, Newcastle which includes 32 self-contained one-bedroom flats and at Speke House in Liverpool, which comprises 48 self-contained flats.  

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making trust and has donated over £1 billion. In the most recent financial year, the Foundation gave away over £79 million to over 2,100 charities across the UK.

David Shaw, CEO and Founder of Launchpad, commented: “As a charity, we rely on grants and donations to contribute towards some of our operating costs to run both houses in Newcastle and Liverpool. This £30,000 donation by the Garfield Weston Foundation is gratefully received and will make a significant difference to helping our homeless veterans on their transition to civilian life.

“On behalf of my staff and all residents, I would like to thank the Trustees for granting this funding.”