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British Nuclear Survivor Community
In the 1950’s and 60’s Great Britain launched the largest Tri-Service operation since the D-Day landings, mobilising its armed forces to Australia and the Pacific as part of the international nuclear arms race.
Developing and testing the British nuclear deterrent ensured Britain’s seat at the table of world nuclear powers. This great exercise not only carried a high financial burden but with over 21,000 service personnel taking part both they, their wives and subsequent generations of offspring have paid the price suffering high levels of congenital conditions and serious illness.
According to recent research under 7000 veterans remain alive but, there are over 120,000 people in the UK connected to the Nuclear Tests of these some 31,000 are suffering with serious health or congenital problems and over 52,000 experiencing health issues affecting their daily lives.
The Nuclear Community Charity Fund
On 2nd July 2014 The Prime Minister, David Cameron stated:
The announcement also detailed meetings with NTV representatives which were held between the Chancellor, Prime Minister, MOD representatives and representatives from the Nuclear Community; Nigel Heaps and Jeff Liddiatt. As a result of these meetings, it was announced that the Chancellor would create an ‘Aged Veterans Fund’ using monies raised by the Libor fines.
The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association (BNTVA) was invited to bid for a portion of the AVF monies and following two successful bids, raising £6 million, they created the Nuclear Community Charity Fund to progress the activities under the bids.
The NCCF Charitable Incorporated Organisation
In 2017 the NCCF was separated from the BNTVA and formed into an independent Charitable Incorporated Organisation undertaking the following projects:
• Funding a 5 year research program into the genetic heritage of nuclear veterans and their families at Brunel University London
• Funding the first three years of development of a Centre for the Health Effects for Radiological and Chemical agents (CHRC) which:
– acts as a national knowledge hub for scientific, health & wellbeing and, policy-related work
– delivers a program of multi-discipline research
– makes information accessible and provide evidence-based education and training
– enhances care and wellbeing through increased understanding
– co-ordinates activities with partners at the international level
• Delivering a Care Wellbeing and Inclusion Fund
– we directly addresses the reduction of suffering and increase of wellbeing in the British Nuclear Community by providing goods and services to address those issues not provided by the State