Annington is supporting the Commonwealth War Graves commission with a donation of £440,400 over four years to support the Commission's brand new volunteering scheme - 'Eyes On, Hands On'.
This is the first time the Commission has engaged in a corporate partnership and Annington's donation will help the Commission realise a long-held ambition to launch a national network of volunteers to act as the CWGC's eyes and ears on the ground. The project will see the creation of a nation-wide army of volunteers equipped with the know-how and tools to play their own part in the remarkable work of maintaining the memory of some 300,000 war casualties in the UK. From youth groups to Forces families, CWGC and Annington hopes that Eyes On, Hands On will raise awareness of these war casualties and provide a structured way for volunteers to make a real difference to our UK commemorations.
Volunteers' work will be focused on what are known as 'scattered graves'. These are small numbers of headstones, at time just one or two, which lie in a churchyard or burial ground. CWGC does not own the land and relies on staff inspection tours and making local connections in almost every town and village in the country to ensure they are properly maintained.
Starting in the South-West (Cornwall to Oxford) and East Anglia (Lincoln to Essex), the CWGC will equip the first teams of volunteers with the knowledge they need to give CWGC staff regular updates on the condition of CWGC headstones in churchyards and burial grounds in their local area. This will allow the Commission to create a live database, fed by regular information from people living nearby to these sites, in between the Commission's inspection and maintenance tours. Minor work such as trimming back vegetation and cleaning headstones will also be enabled. For further information click here.
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