Tickets for Troops has distributed its 300,000th free ticket just days after the scheme marked its third anniversary. The charity, which provides free tickets to members of the Armed Forces, and those medically discharged since 2001 via their website, has had over 115,000 servicemen and women register to use the service.
Since it was launched in 2009, Tickets for Troops has been providing free tickets to Service personnel for top events across the UK, including the Brit Awards, the premiere of James Bond film 'Skyfall', FA Cup Finals, England international football matches at Wembley, the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Other organisations supporting the charity by donating tickets include the Premier League, the Football League, the British Horseracing Authority, the Professional Golfers' Association, Premiership Rugby, the Lawn Tennis Association, and the Rugby Football League. Many West End theatres and individual performers such as Rod Stewart and Sir Elton John, and comedians John Bishop and Michael McIntyre, have also given thousands of tickets.
Ross Barden, Director of Operations at Tickets for Troops, said: "We are delighted to have reached this magnificent milestone in such a short period of time. On behalf of everyone at Tickets for Troops I must thank all the organisations, clubs, venues and individuals that have got behind the charity and supported the men and women of our Armed Forces with such generosity and pride; this achievement would not have been possible without you."
Tickets for Troops Chairman, Lord Marland, said: "It is constantly humbling to see the waves of organisations generously supporting Tickets for Troops and ultimately showing their appreciation to the servicemen and women who work so tirelessly to protect our freedom. We have seen first-hand what these tickets mean to troops and it is clear that Tickets for Troops is making a huge difference in boosting morale. It is a pleasure and an honour to be able to help reward these extraordinary, courageous and brave people for all their hard work and sacrifices."