Charity supporting families of “fallen heroes” receives Queen’s Award

PUBLISHED: 14:11 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:00 16 May 2016

Bill McCance and his son Billy

Bill McCance and his son Billy


The father and son founders will be visiting Buckingham Palace

A CHARITY supporting the family of dead military personnel has been awarded one of the most prestigious business awards in the UK.

Forces Support picked up the Queens Award for Enterprise in the innovation category.

The award came after the charities success as a self-funded organisation supporting bereaved military families.

Father and son Bill and Billy McCance founded the charity, which now has shops up and down the country, including one in Gravesend.

Son Billy said: “It is heart-warming and satisfying that the charity is getting this recognition.

“It’s an absolute honour and a privilege to be recognised by the Queens award for enterprise, especially as we carry out such a satisfying service for the families of our fallen heroes.”

Forces Support provides families with Remembrance areas, children’s play areas and playrooms, garden and household maintenance and has currently an eight month waiting list.

Now in its sixth year, the charity has support 90 of the 457 families who lost a loved one in Afghanistan and over 300 families over the past five years.

The father and son team will be visiting Buckingham Palace in July as the founders of the successful charity.

Dad Bill said: “We are overwhelmed and honoured at receiving the Queens award and my son and I are very excited.”

Nichola Bruno at The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, said “The Queen’s Award provides the country with an opportunity to celebrate enterprise and encourage business excellence in the UK”.

To find out more about the charity, visit

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