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Natural disaster support charity Team Rubicon receives £25,000 grant

We have awarded Team Rubicon with a £25,000 grant to go towards their work in areas that have suffered a natural disaster. Team Rubicon works with soldiers and veterans to provide medical aid, search and rescue support, and translation assistance, immediately after an area has been victim to a natural disaster. Former Commander of British Land Forces, General Sir Nick Parker, first encouraged ex-members of the British Armed Forces to volunteer their skills after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015.

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Treasury awards ABF The Soldiers’ Charity £1.2 million to provide bespoke medical welfare service in partnership with DMWS

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is delighted to announce that its bid for £1.2m funding from the LIBOR fund has been approved by the Chancellor.

The grant will enable a bespoke medical welfare service for the Armed Forces community in hospitals or healthcare across South England, which will be delivered by our partner the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS). The 3-year project will provide vital support for Armed Forces serving personnel, veterans and their families, who can face unique pressures when ill – often being based away from their extended families or with partners deployed on operations.

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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity supports Army Widows Association Respite Weekend

Our charity has awarded the Army Widows’ Association a £24,000 grant. This will go towards supporting their AGM Respite Weekends and continuing the excellent work they do. The Army Widows’ Association was formed in 2004 and offers comfort, support, and friendship to the widows and widowers of service men and women.

All the members of the Army Widows’ Association have lost their husbands, wives, or partners, in varying circumstances, and are given support and help in whichever terms they need.

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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is recruiting for it’s new challenge: Rifle Run

Rifle Run combines a military march and shoot with a competitive, cross country race. Along the course you’ll find three shooting challenges (two air-rifle and one shotgun). Be warned – for every shot you miss you’ll face a 250m penalty loop. Miss all your shots and you’ll run 15km in total.

What’s your tactic? Pace yourself and hit the targets, or push your “red zone” and lose your aim?

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The Soldiers’ Charity awards Good Vibrations £5,000 to assist with drum workshops

Last Friday Katie (Media Officer), and Vikki (Grants and Welfare Executive Officer), took part in one of Good Vibrations’ gamelan workshops to see how The Soldiers’ Charity grant was helping those who need assistance.

Good Vibrations is an award-winning national charity that uses communal music-making via the use of a gamelan to support people in challenging circumstances.

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Charity Ambassadors recognised at The Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons

We are proud to announce that today, three of our Charity Ambassadors were recognised for their bravery at The Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons.

Les Binns, Al Hodgson, and Kim Hughes were all shortlisted for the Awards in a ceremony that took place at The Army & Navy Club in London. In total, there were four award categories: Outstanding Military Bravery, Against All Odds, Community Champion, and Hero Pet. The awards celebrated the achievements of exceptional people (and animals!) from varying backgrounds and professions.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo makes a vital grant to our Charity

We are delighted to announce that our Charity has received a significant grant of £286,000 from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which will continue to assist us in supporting soldiers, veterans and their immediate families, for life.

Following its 19th consecutive sell-out year, the Tattoo announced that it would be donating an impressive £1 million to UK-based charitable organisations, including the three service charities: ourselves, The RAF Benevolent Fund and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

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Walking With The Wounded received £40,000 grant from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

In December 2016, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) were awarded a grant of £40,000 by our Charity. The money has helped to fund their mental health support programme, Head Start, as well as provide Employment Advisor support for veterans, some of which are at risk of homelessness.

WWTW was established in 2010 and has since supported our veterans to re-integrate back into society by sustaining their independence. Their main focus is to utilise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel to support them on their journey back into employment in the civilian workplace.

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Red, White & Blue Day 2017

Last Friday, 6th October, marked the Charity’s annual Red, White & Blue day in schools. The annual fundraising initiative, which raises vital funds for ourselves, The RAF Benevolent Fund and The Royal Navy, and Royal Marines Charity, helps us to promote awareness of the difficulties faced by Service families.

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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity signature fundraiser, THE BIG CURRY set to return to Durham

On Friday 20th October a spicy fundraiser will be taking place from 12 noon at Durham based charity Finchale’s headquarters in Pity Me, to raise money for soldiers and veterans in need of assistance across the region.

For the second year running organisers from Finchale are extending a ‘hot’ invitation to diners to join them for a bit of fun and a relaxed opportunity to enjoy some fantastic food whilst making a difference. All proceeds from the event will go to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the National Charity of the British Army providing support to soldiers, veterans and their families.

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