The Friends has been formed for two purposes; First, to raise funds for past and serving soldiers, to enhance their lives. Secondly, to support those who have finished serving in the Regiment to find work and business opportunities. The Friends is a strong network bringing together the whole of the regimental family: Those serving and those who have served; and their family, friends and supporters. The Friends will offer links, social events and help wherever required. It aims to raise funds by running events or offering soldiers a job or advice.
The major fundraising event of 2015 was the Ride to Recovery. The Ride to Recovery was a cycling endurance event than ran from the East to the West coast of America that aimed to raise funds of £200,000. This came on the back of major innovative surgery for Sgt Jay Baldwin that was funded by the Regimental benevolent Fund. In 2012 Sgt Jay Baldwin was blown up a Taliban IED which resulted in him losing both his legs. The resulting injury left him in constant pain. At the time of writing, osseointergration surgery was an innovative solution that involved the addition of prosthetics directly onto the bone. This surgery was only available in Australia. The Friends raises money on behalf of the Regimental Benevolent Fund which supports initiatives such as this. To this end the Ride to Recovery was a cycling endurance event than ran from the East to the West coast of America that aimed to raise funds of £200,000.
Other fund raising events have included the Channel swim and the Roast Beef Dinner.
The Friends can be joined and supported at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employers who wish to provide employment opportunities for ex members of the Regiment can register their interest at: www.tigerrec.co.uk