Through media training, media campaigns and documentary film-making, our team is helping raise the profile of The WRAC Association, a charity that supports women who serve (or have served) in the army. It’s 100 years since the first women served in the forces, and how their roles have progressed! Back in September, it was 80 years since the formation of the ATS (Auxillary Territorial Service), the service that HM The Queen joined aged 18 (learning to service Land Rovers, amongst other tasks). Before WW2, joining up was rare for women. These days, they form 1 in 10 of those serving in the army, and they can travel all over the globe doing pretty much the same tasks as male counterparts.
We’ve been helping raise awareness of the role played by pioneering women who served in WW2, such as Betty Webb MBE, who runs the charity’s Birmingham branch aged 94, having cracked enemy codes at Bletchley Park. Dame Kelly Holmes joined the WRAC aged 17, and maintains that her 10 years of service as a fitness training instructor helped her achieve two Olympic gold medals. The WRAC Association provides camaraderie and support for its members, and offers grants to women in times of hardship. When winter fuel poverty starts to be an issue, we look forward to reaching out to find more such women who could potentially benefit.