The Army Benevolent Fund was created on 15th August 1944, when the Army Board realised that the State would not be able to provide for all the needs of those who would soon return to civilian life.

Thy give a lifetime of support to soldiers and former soldiers from the British Army and their immediate families when they are in need. They support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.

Working with veterans of every conflict, and we envisage continuing doing so for the ‘long haul’ – supporting all future generations of our soldiers and their dependants.

During 2014-15 the ABF gave support to some 5,000 individual soldiers, veterans of all ages, and their families in need. Their eldest beneficiary was a 109-year-old World War Two widow, and the youngest a one-year-old disabled child of a serving soldier.

Visit www.soldierscharity.org for full details.