Veterans Garage is a unique approach to fundraising for Military Veterans across the North West to have a stable social hub to learn new skills and receive the support and advice available to them in a warm, welcoming purpose designed club. Alongside the creation of the first venue to house a community car club in the North West.
The project was initiated by Jayson Redshaw, a 27 year old Manchester born Veteran who lost his best friend Elijah Bond on the front line in Afghanistan and has vowed to help others deal with the anxiety’s he faced when leaving active duty and dealing with his grief.
To help deal with his grief Jayson has written a moving song titled Transition, released on iTunes:
In December 2015 Jayson was recognized for his achievements by the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA, in the Heroes at Home Christmas campaign.
Operation Veterans Garage
This community project is to restore the Grade 2 listed WW11 Airport Terminal Building at Barton Airport, Manchester, one of the first commercial airport terminals in the UK. It will be a base for a classic car and motorcycle restoration garage to give Veterans a place to come to, to tackle the problem of loneliness and isolation.
Recently featured on Granada Reports this project is set to make a huge splash into the North West Veterans Community and for motoring enthusiasts.
The building and land has been generously donated by the Peel Group. The team aim to restore this Grade 2 listed building to house a vibrant and buzzing community club house for car, motorcycle, scooter and aviation enthusiasts. A central hub for people of all ages and genders to enjoy with stylish lounges, meeting facilities and incredible food and beverages whilst raising money for Military Veterans.
Community Car Club
The community car club will give the team the freedom to raise money for other causes across the North West and provide ex-servicemen with jobs. With hundreds of Automotive clubs dotted around the North West it will be a great space to meet! This will include Super Cars, Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Scooters, Motor Homes, American Cars etc.
Long term it will not only be a facility for Veterans and Car Clubs but also collaborating with City Airport to create show stopping Family Fun Days/Weekends and events together.
Welfare and Help
In house welfare and administrative areas will be created for outside help to come in and work with Veterans. These will include Government, social workers, mental health care workers, housing officers, therapists and mindfulness therapists funded by the work of the Veterans projects and on site event fundraising.
This will provide access to: housing, benefits, pensions, medical, alcohol and drug dependency, mental health and well being, further and higher education, training and transferable skills, employment, sport and recreation.
How Can You Help?
Currently the building and barns are in a dilapidated state and the restoration is underway with the help of fantastic business and volunteers from across the area. The plans have been drawn up and you can see CAD images on our website: www.veteransgarage.co.uk
We are also very active on social media and would appreciate a follow/re-tweet whenever you see our posts search for:
We are looking for as many volunteers and businesses who would be willing to get involved as possible. We have so far been very lucky to have the help from the following businesses in our process:
If you are interested in helping we have sponsorship packages available and your company would be rewarded for any time/work/products supplied.
For further info please contact:
The 350 Mile Remembrance Trek
On top of all of this Jay and his brother Sam also plan to Trek 350 miles from The Veterans Garage, Manchester to Mevagissey, Sapper Elijah Bonds hometown by foot.
Elijah was serving with the task force Helmand Engineer Group and conducting a reconnaissance task in Nar e Saraj, central Helmand Province on the 6th December 2011, when he was injured in a blast from an improvised explosive device. Elijah’s colleagues provided immediate first aid, before being evacuated by helicopter. Sadly Elijah later died of his wounds on the 8th December 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
Elijah was a very close friend of Jay’s and a popular figure across the regiment and beyond. Since his tragic death he has inspired Jay and others to do good by his name and keep his memory alive. Elijah was a major influence in the start up of The Veterans Garage and many other challenges.
They will set off on their journey on the 3/11/16 carrying nothing but the basics to survive including: sleeping bag, poncho, roll mat, rations etc and will be sleeping rough.
They will be filming the whole trip and updating you Live via social media so you can see how they get on!
The plan is to arrive in time for Remembrance Day and lay a wreath at the memorial, which is the finishing point, where they will pay their respects and enjoy the company of Elijah’s family.
They will be bringing the family a gift in memory of Elijah from the garage and we will then be bringing back the plaque from the memorial which has recently been replaced in Mevagissey and now has Elijahs name inscribed. This will return to the Veterans Garage so they can have their very own memorial, which the family have agreed is the best place for it and the team are honoured with this decision.
What we are trying to achieve here is to raise vital funds for two great charities in memory of our brother Elijah Bond and at the same time raise awareness of what people on a day to day basis whether it be soldier, veteran, family or friend have to go through due to the horrors of war.
To sponsor please go to: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/350-trek