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Army related charities

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

We are The Soldiers' Charity. We give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. They risk so much for us, but for them, it’s just doing their job. In return, we provide financial assistance when they are in real need.

That's what we've been here to offer for 68 years. We have seen a 30% rise over the past two years in applications from soldiers who have taken part in previous and current conflicts and we currently raise £7 million a year to meet this need.

As a result of Current Operations it is anticipated that the requests for assistance will rise significantly in the coming years.

It is the aim of The Soldiers' Charity to increase fundraising to £14 million a year by 2015 to be sure that we can help each and every soldier that needs our help. We depend entirely on your donations and goodwill to do this.

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is a registered charity that works for the Ministry of Defence and with other charitable partners to provide practical and emotional support to military personnel, their families and other entitled civilians when they are in hospital, rehabilitation or recovery centres.

DMWS Welfare Officers support patients from all three services, wherever they serve, including working within Field Hospitals during times of conflict.

Service personnel in the UK are treated in NHS hospitals and Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHUs). In Germany, services are contracted from Designated German Provider (DGP) hospitals and in Cyprus, services are located at Akrotiri.

Help for Heroes

The charity Help for Heroes was launched in October 2007 in response to the desire of ordinary people to do something practical to help wounded servicemen and women.

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. Currently, nearly 10.5 million people are eligible for support and thousands of calls are received for help every year.


Poppyscotland supports veterans and their dependants in Scotland through the help of dedicated volunteers and donors. All money raised is spent in the following ways:
  • Providing direct financial assistance to individuals
  • Funding a pensions advice service for veterans
  • Providing grants and research to organisations that deliver specialist support to veterans in Scotland
  • Supporting the employment of veterans with disabilities in the Edinburgh-based Lady Haig's Poppy Factory


SSAFA provide supoort for the serving men and women in today's Armed Forces and for those who have served - even if it was only for a single day. They also care for the needs of their families and dependants.

British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association (BLESMA)

BLESMA is a National Charity for Limbless and Ex-Service Men and Women, their dependants and Widows. Its objectives are to promote the welfare of all those who have lost a limb or the use of a limb, or one or both eyes, or as a result of service in Her Majesty's Forces or Auxiliary Forces.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress: ExServices Mental Welfare Society The Society was founded in 1919, one year after the end of the First World War, since when it has helped over 85,000 veterans cope with their suffering. Currently, there are over 7000 veterans being helped, with many new referrals.

Skill Force

Skill Force started life as an MOD project in 2000. At present they are setting up a new scheme working with the MOD to provide an opportunity for a structured programme of a Graduated Return to Work (GRoW) for long term sick and injured of the 3 services. A GRoW is a phased return to work after an extended period away and is something that the Services do, particularly given the number of casualties that have been sustained in the last 5 years or so and those with long term health issues.

Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's), provides crucial assistance to ex-Service men and women with very significant loss of sight. Specialist training and support helps them to regain their independence and optimism and make the most of the opportunities available to them.


uk4U-Thanks! is a registered charity established in 2005 to provide Christmas gift boxes as 'a gift from the nation' to all those serving in the forces overseas away from their families.

Scottish Veterans' Residences

SVR is Scotland's oldest ex-service charity, founded in 1910 to support independent living for ex-servicemen and women of all ages and their spouses. We work in close co-operation with Scottish Veterans Housing Association which operates two residences: Whitefoord House in Edinburgh and Rosendael in Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

Lady Grover's Fund

The Fund, founded in 1911, gives financial assistance to dependants of officers, whether serving or retired. We support officers' wives, husbands, widows, widowers and dependant children with contributions to hospital fees, nursing and home help following injury or illness. The subscription is £35 a year. To join, contact 0845 873 7161 or email ladyg@oaed.org.uk

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