Who we are

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the national charity of the British Army, providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need. We were founded in 1944 to ensure that soldiers returning from World War Two were well cared for. Since then, the welfare of soldiers, past and present, and their families has been at the heart of everything we do.

While there is a British Army, there will be The Soldiers’ Charity.

What we do

The overall scale, breadth and range of our support is vast. We help very young serving families cope with a sudden bereavement or traumatic loss. We provide wide-ranging support to wounded soldiers, many of whom will need increasing financial assistance for decades to come. We provide help with housing, education and training for employment for soldiers and veterans of all ages. We are there for older veterans and their widows or widowers when they find themselves lonely or isolated.

In the past year, we have helped 70,000 people in 68 countries across the globe and funded numerous charities and organisations to support the Army family at large. We pride ourselves on acting immediately when help is needed, providing true through-life support for the nation’s soldiers, veterans and families. Crucially, we act with speed. When we are alerted that a person or family is in need of help, we aim to make the relevant grant within 48 hours.

Read about the different grants we give

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Our vision

All soldiers, veterans and their immediate families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.

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Some of our achievements in 2018-2019

  • Our total charitable expenditure was around £17.3 million, ensuring a complete spectrum of support to more than 70,000 members of the Army family. This includes a £7.1m grant to the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre – the largest in our 75 year history
  • We have supported the British Army family all over the world – in 68 countries this year
  • The youngest person we supported was two years old, the eldest was 102
  • We funded 92 other charities and organisations that are providing specialist support to the Army family
  • We awarded £3.7m as grants to individuals in need
  • We were named as Britain’s Most Trusted Charity by Third Sector, jointly with The Royal British Legion