G4S donating £2.5m to armed forces
Aug 13 2012
G4S is to donate £2.5 million to the armed forces as a "goodwill gesture" after thousands of military personnel were drafted in for London 2012 following a massive security blunder.
The private security firm was forced to apologise after failing to meet its £284 million contract to provide 10,400 staff for the Games.
It emerged just two weeks before the opening ceremony the company could not provide enough guards and military involvement was further stepped up the following week as ministers decided to "leave nothing to chance" in the wake of the scandal.
In total, 18,000 personnel provided support at London 2012, including Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force staff.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the donation would "go some way" to recognising the burden placed on the armed forces by the security shambles.
He added: "The armed forces provided more to the security and protection of the Games than had originally been planned, but as always they have carried out their tasks with professionalism and good humour.
"This contribution from G4S is welcome news for the Service Welfare funds and will go some way to recognising the inconvenience and extra burden that this commitment has placed upon our forces and their families."
The £2.5 million donation will go towards welfare amenities including sports equipment and to sports associations which have backed serving athletes, including rowing gold medallists Captain Heather Stanning and Lieutenant Pete Reed.
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