Date: Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 9:52am
Around 6 months ago, former Paratrooper and Falklands
Veteran, Tony Ferguson, facing an all too familiar scenario of suffering from
PTSD and homelessness, approached us with an idea to release a charity single
promoting awareness of these issues and the growing rate of suicides within our
veteran community. Money raised would be
distributed between smaller charities who provided, direct, immediate and
critical support for veterans facing homelessness, mental health, PTSD and
Initially the group was to be called Veterans Aid based on
the "Band Aid" concept. "He Aint Heavy, He's my Brother"
would send a poignant message. We subsequently discovered that we could not use
the Veterans Aid name as it was already a registered charity in England. The
Charity Veterans Aid have been very supportive throughout with help and advice.
Recently we approached charity "All Call Signs" who
provide a peer to peer service for veterans and who successful launched the
"Beacon Alert" system via social media immediately alerting as many
people as possible about missing vulnerable veterans and encouraging people to help
search. The name "All Call Signs" encompassed exactly what we wanted
to achieve - all services, every man woman and child coming together to prevent
further tragedy. All Call Signs were delighted for us to name our band
"All Call Signs" and to become one of the beneficiary charities. Project
Director’s Antony Stephen Malone and Donna Armstrong asked Nicki Mortimer and
her company "All Call Signs Production LTD" to coordinate PR, Press
enquires, finances and project administration ensuring that funds generated get
distributed equally to the 12 selected charities involved, minus an
administration fee and relevant expenses.
The 12 charities are:
- Homeless Veterans Project SC049441
- Lee Rigby Foundation
- Forgotten Veterans UK
- Woody's Lodge
- Help for Homeless Veterans
- Outpost Charity
- Phoenix Heroes
- Pilgrim Bandits
- All Call Signs
- 353 Charity
- Pegasus Appreciation Group
- Veterans Aid.
In July 2019, Veterans and their children were joined by international
singer and Forces Sweetheart Kirsten Orsborn in a recording studio. Kirsten has
continuously supported the Forces and Veterans charities for 11 years. Kirsten
was adopted by The Royal Marines Association as their sweetheart in 2014 and
the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in 2018. Kirsten is very proud to be the
patron to Minds at War and The Homeless Veterans Project.
Charlotte Bailey, owner of the recording studio, Blue Fire
Productions, said, “I did not have to think twice about helping out such a
fantastic cause. It was great to see so much passion, as well as impressive
talent, all in one room. If this single makes a difference to just one veteran,
then it is all worth it.” Charlotte advised on the project and was instrumental
to the production and promotion.
James Beaumont and Max Russell sound engineers helped
structure the recording. SAS Legend Rusty Firmin, Patron of the Charity record,
Donna, Anthony, Kirsten and other Veterans sang the song with children and
supporters of soldiers killed in action while serving their country... Veterans
Helping Veterans, Actions Not Words...
Download the song by clicking here.