Army Related Charities

There are a significant number of charities that provide a variety of services to our Armed Forces Personnel.

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Whilst the Army cannot give preference to one charity over another (less those that have a specific relationship or are funded by the MoD); Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) represents the whole Serving and Veterans Community. 

Membership is open to Charities who promote and further the welfare and general interests of the Armed Forces Community. For any individual looking for charitable support – it is recommended that Cobseo service charities are consulted in the first instance.

Cobseo website


ABF The Soldiers' Charity

We are The Soldiers' Charity, the National Charity of the British Army. We give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. We believe in independence and dignity for every soldier and we provide financial assistance when they are in real need.

We've been working with the Army family since 1944, helping with education and training, elderly care, wellbeing, mobility, the wider Army family and housing. The cost and complexity of each case has risen year on year, and we expect this trend to continue.

Helping every cap badge in the British Army, we are proud to count many serving and retired soldiers amongst our loyal fundraisers.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity


Army Dependants' Trust

The Army Dependants’ Trust is a charity which provides discretionary cash awards to dependants of officers & soldiers who die in service, from whatever cause, on or off duty. For a small annual donation the Trust relieves financial hardship for the member’s family in the immediate period following their loss.

The Trust also supports ABF - The Soldier's Charity, in its work with dependants. All members of the Army - Regular, Reserve and MPGS - are eligible to be members. This includes FTRS and NRPS personnel. Just complete one form – AF N9284 – which you can get from your Regimental Admin Office, or contact the Trust:


01980 615734 or 5736 | 94344 5734 or 5736

Email the Army Dependants' Trust


Defence Medical Welfare Service

The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service 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.

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. In Germany, services are contracted from Designated German Provider hospitals and in Cyprus, services are located at Akrotiri.

DMWS website


Army Central Fund

The ACF is the Army's own grant-making charity which allocates its funds to improve the well-being of serving soldiers and their immediate families.

Guidance, advice and the application form for units, covering both the ACF and Nuffield Trust grants, is given in Army Command Standing Order 3206 which is available on MODNet.

National charities that support the Army community can also apply for grants. For more information, units should contact G1 staff at their RPOC Bde HQ or Command HQ, charities are to contact the Secretary via the link below.

ACF Secretary - Lt Col (Rtd) Julian Panton MBE