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HOW WE HELP


At ABF The Soldiers’ Charity we provide financial assistance to all soldiers and their families when they need it. We provide a wide range of support services and care to help bring hope, confidence and new possibilities to all those that we work with. Each case is different from the next so we would like to share some of our recent stories to demonstrate the breadth of our efforts and the benefits we can bring to the people we serve.


We paid towards a stair lift for an 84 year old WW2 veteran, who served in Palestine with the Royal Artillery. Until recently he and his wife enjoyed a full, active life but now they both have mobility problems which made a stair lift essential.





Homeless for over two years, one of our former soldiers with seven years service including Kosovo and Iraq suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and is unable to work. Granted the tenancy of a former council house, The Soldiers’ Charity gave money towards the costs of his furnishings and equipment.





A former soldier had a business that was badly affected by the credit crunch, which led to the family finding it hard to meet their financial commitments. We felt a break away would relieve some of the family’s stress and help them keep a positive outlook until things improved, and were happy to fund this.





A former Corporal, whose active service included tours in Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Northern Ireland, was forced to retire on medical grounds in the late 90’s. Poor health and an isolated location made it necessary for him and his wife to look for alternative accommodation nearer their family, and we were able to fund their moving costs.





A former Lance Corporal served with the Army Catering Corps and subsequently worked as a chef at a university. He fell down some stairs and broke his back. In order to regain some independence we funded an electric-powered vehicle to allow him to carry out normal tasks such as visiting the shops without relying on others.





We made a grant to children’s nursery, Alexandra House, to help it continue providing high quality, low-cost childcare to Army families. Nursery childcare for army children is important, giving security and consistency to young children whose families are subject to a transient and ever-changing lifestyle.





veterans Aid cares for ex-service personnel who are homeless, about to become homeless or are in a crisis. To help continue this vital work we funded their Outreach Worker post at their drop-in centre near victoria Station, London for three years.





Alabaré Christian Care and Support provide supported accommodation and community support services to marginalised and vulnerable people across the South West. Sadly, ex-service personnel often find themselves in this unfortunate situation, so we were pleased to help fund one of their worthwhile projects in Bristol.





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DID YOU KNOW?


We made 641 grants to individuals and families in Scotland last year


Last year we gave £3.2m to organisations that specialise in supporting soldiers, former soldiers and their families


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KNOW? £14m a year by 2015 is the fundraising target we have set ourselves


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