Kit 4 Troops

(I tried searching for existing posts on this new charity but didn't find any)

This charity was launched yesterday - see its website for further details - About Us - Kit 4 Troops

While this does seem to have some benefit, I would urge caution for anyone thinking of registering and remind you to think of PERSEC/OPSEC issues. You should get what I mean if you check out the Troops and Supporters pages on the website...
It is not a charity, but a limited company and could be seen as a means of selling kit. I don't object to a business that revolves around freebees for troops, but they should be open about their charitable status, or lack of.

One of the mods has been approached by Kit4Troops and the jury is out. My gut reaction is that I would prefer that people gave their money to one of the established service charities or of course Holidays 4 Heroes.
Inaam Tahir wins ‘Most Timely Business Idea’ at the London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge

May 2010
Internal News, People News
The challenge was competition between MBA students from London Business School and students from UCL who compete to come up with the best business ideas and accompanying business plans. Inaam developed a business idea, together with another student who was a former American soldier, to set-up a company selling luxury items, military-spec equipment (no-weaponry), clothes, video games and food to the serving armed forces, items which the government doesn’t provide. The competition involved a pitch in “Dragons’ Den” style to a few venture capitalists, who liked the idea but didn’t think it would make great sums of money. Inaam and his partner were encourage to set up the business as a charity, and received a grant of several thousand pounds. Kit4Troops has now been set up as a Private Limited company and is in the process of being registered as an official charity. Check out the website at Kit 4 Troops
RGL Forensics | News / Events | Inaam Tahir wins
I've emailed them asking them to clarify their status on the website - If they are pukka, they should have no problem explaining that they are in the process of applying for charitable status, but for now it looks like a well meaning idea poorly thought out, both in terms of legalities and security issues. As folk have said - channel help thro existing organisations, tho I take the point that most of those aren't focused on the serving soldier on an operational tour.
I would also query whether there is a need to spend hundreds of dollars on kit too...
So would I. The kit you are given currently is more than up to the job. It's a case of "want" more than "need" these days.

To be honest if I had come across that site without seeing it here first then I would have thought it looked dodgy as hell. That surely cannot have any kind of MOD approval the way they go splashing serving personnel's details about like that.

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