Why does ABF The Soldiers’ Charity exist?
We give a lifetime of support to soldiers and former soldiers from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. We make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.
We take pride in being responsive, making a difference at a critical point in peoples’ lives. We have been doing this since 1944, working with veterans of every conflict, and we envisage continuing doing so for the ‘long haul’ – supporting all future generations of our soldiers and their dependents.
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“That all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.”
Some of our achievements in 2014-15
As the Army’s National Charity
- We gave support to some 5000 individual soldiers, veterans of all ages, and their families in need.
- We funded 72 charities which deliver help on our collective behalf, ranging from substantial six-figure sums to the likes of SSAFA or Combat Stress, to much smaller grants to niche or local charities.
- Our eldest beneficiary was a 109-year-old, World War Two widow, and the youngest a one-year-old disabled child of a serving soldier.
- As ever, we pride ourselves on our speed of response – often within 24 hours; and our reach extends worldwide.
- We completed our Specialist Employment Consultant programme, delivering career advice to Wounded, Injured and Sick soldiers forced to leave the Army in very difficult circumstances – a £1.8m programme spread over 3 years. The programme was so successful that the MOD have now adopted it.
- We worked with Evening Standard Independent Media to deliver their most successful Christmas campaign ever – in support of Homeless Veterans.
- Our exceptional fundraising performance allowed us to restore our depleted reserves – so vital after eight years of tremendous pressures on the Army and its people – including campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. ‘For Soldiers – for Life’ is not just a strap line, it represents our long-term objectives.