Need-To-Know Guide on Charity Options for the UK Military
There are a large number of charities which are specifically geared to provide support to Britainâ€™s brave men and women who serve in various divisions of the military, whether they be soldiers, naval or air force. While this is a good thing, it also makes it difficult for people to decide on which charity to choose for their donations.
For this reason, online retailer www.theforcesstore.co.uk will provide a comprehensive alphabetical list of the primary charities and the work they do in service of Britainâ€™s military personnel.
ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity
This long-standing charity of sixty-six years raises money to support serving and retired soldiers plus their families. The Soldiers’ Charity offers these people the friendship and practical help that makes a difference, without the red tape of bureaucracy. Examples of the assistance they provide would be an accessible shower for an amputee from a current conflict, or help with care home fees for an elderly veteran.
Launched by a group of concerned mothers to help make life easier for military personnel that serve directly on the front line, Afghan Heroes focuses purely on members of the British forces and their families have been affected by the military operations in Afghanistan (both past and present).
Army Cadet Force (ACF)
The ACF is a voluntary, uniformed youth organisation that operates nationwide across 1700 locations. To date, its members include nearly 47,000 cadets aged 12-18 years of age plus over 8,500 adult volunteers aged 18-65. This charityâ€™s objective is to help young cadets develop both personally and physically by providing a wide range of challenging, exciting adventures and opportunities, some of which are military themed (thus inspiring youths to take pride in the armed forces as well as acquire their principles of bravery and discipline).
Army Widows Association (AWA)
Formed in 2004, this charity was the brainchild of a group of recently bereaved Army widows, who understood the necessity of having support and friendship at hand for those who have sadly lost a spouse that was serving on active duty in the Regular Army or the TA/Reserve Forces since 1981. The AWA offers their services to both operational and non-operational widows, widowers and recognised partners of deceased military personnel.
Blind Veterans UK
Formerly called St Dunstan’s, Blind Veterans UK offers on-going practical and emotional support to those suffering from blindness who have served their country – regardless of when an individual served in the military or how they lost their sight. The charity helps get their members back on their feet, recover their independence and discover a rewarding life beyond sight loss.
British Ex-Services Wheelchair Sports Association (BEWSA)
Registered in 1997 as a National Armed Forces Charity, BEWSAâ€™s mission is to promote welfare and rehabilitation of disabled ex-service men and women through participation in sport, sports medicine and any other method that is legal under charity law. Members also meet monthly at DCAE Cosford for training and social gatherings.
British Forces Foundation (BFF)
This charity acts to boost the morale of servicemen and women on the frontline and in operational areas around the world – primarily through arranging quality entertainment. Their work is also designed to bring the public and the UK armed forces closer together. The British Forces Foundation is known for spreading its services broadly and for contemporary thinking. They have won a number of awards for their inspiring projects.
British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association (BLESMA)
A national charity, BLESMA caters to ex-service men as well as their dependants and widows or widowers. The charityâ€™s primary aim is to assist all those who have lost a limb or the use of a limb, including one or both eyes, as a result of service in the armed or auxiliary British forces.
Founded as far back as 1919 (one year after the end of the First World War), the Combat Stress Society has to date helped over 85,000 veterans cope with the stress and suffering they experience from having serviced in the military. They are currently assisting over 7,000 veterans, and are receiving many new referrals.
Confederation Of British Service And Ex-Service Organisations (COBSEO)
This organisation was created to provide practical and legal help by representing, promoting and furthering the interests of military service plus ex-service men and women of all ranks, as well as their spouses and dependants.
The Forces Store ( http://www.theforcesstore.co.uk/ ), which specialises in providing an online platform for military gifts and support, is pleased to give the public an overview of the charities that offer vital help to Britainâ€™s armed forces.
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