GMS Group achieves Silver Award from Government’s Defence Employer Recognition scheme and celebrate with charity climb

Ex-forces personnel from national security firm, GMS Group, are celebrating scooping their ‘Silver Status’ employer under Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, by tackling Pen y Fan in aid of leading Veteran charity, Combat Stress UK.

GMS Group’s team of ex-forces staff will be led up the famous peak in Wales by Simon Williams, National Contracts Manager and also includes Ben Neate, Ethan Reading, George Knight, Wayne Compton, Adam Crane and Lisa Nicholson. Ex-forces personnel John Reading, Paul Burnham and Dean Jones from Jaguar Land Rover will also be joining the team’s charity challenge.

The ex-forces team are set to climb the 886m peak located in the Brecon Beacons on Friday 21st August 2020.

Neil Male, CEO at GMS Group said, “We’re very proud to have received the Silver award recognising our support for the Armed Forces community. Our ex-forces staff are an incredibly important part of our group, bringing new outlooks, ideas and skills at every level of the business.”

“What better way to celebrate our collective achievement, than to raise funds for such a worthy charity. Combat Stress UK do so much to help our Veterans and this challenge is just one of the many ways for our team to show their commitment to those who have served.”

In 2018, GMS Group was awarded ‘Bronze Status’ having signed the Armed Forces Covenant, but following continued support to the Armed Forces community, its latest award demonstrates a consistent alignment of company values with the Covenant.

Phil Sinclair, one of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director based in the West Midlands said, “I am thrilled and very proud that GMS have been recognised for the Silver Award under the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme, having worked closely with their HR and commercial teams to prepare them for this moment.”

“Their recognition is justly deserved; they are fantastic supporters and advocates of the Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrated by their plan to scale Pen y Fan, South Wales’s highest peak in celebration of their award, whilst also raising funds for an incredibly important and much needed military charity, Combat Stress”

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for Veterans’ mental health and helps former servicemen and women deal with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. The charity provides specialist treatment and support, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.

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