The primary mission of The Baton is to raise and maintain awareness within the British public about the reality of life for service personnel and their families in the British Armed Forces and to ensure that they are given the level of support that they are rightfully due.
The Baton’s aim is not to compete with existing forces charities – rather we aim to complement the activities of those charities by focusing on raising awareness about the issues, so providing them with additional support and backing.
The mission statement of the Charity is…
To promote the efficiency of the armed forces of the Crown; and
The relief of members and former members of the armed forces of the Crown, and their dependents, who are in need through measures including but not limited to:
The promotion, protection and rehabilitation of the health and well being of those who have been wounded or injured, physically or psychologically, whilst serving in the armed forces;
The provision of grants to other charities which assist members and former members of the armed forces, and their dependents; and
The raising of awareness and education of the public in the deeds, sacrifices, and role of the armed forces.
The Baton is designed to represent the nation’s support for our forces and as a symbol of our national conscience. It contains within it a message – to the people of this country and to our armed forces themselves.
To the British public
It is recognised that we all have the right to object to war and we all have the right to our own beliefs.It is that very freedom of choice that our forces are defending – and it must be cherished as it has been achieved at great cost in human terms. As a nation we have chosen to have Armed Forces to defend our rights and, as long as that is the case, we should stand by them and support them whatever they are asked to do in the name of their country.
To our serving personnel
We want to reassure our serving personnel of our nation’s pride in their professionalism and dedication.
We are proud of their efforts and assure them that they are always in our thoughts whilst on active service.
The highest standards possible regarding….
Operational support in theatre
Trauma & Medical support
Support for Bereaved Families
Transitional help into Civilian Life
Honouring The Military Covenant
Should remain the nation’s objectives, there are already well established charities addressing these issues, we must continue to source and support them, in times of peace as well as much publicised conflict.