ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has awarded The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) a grant of £200,000 to help towards their support for eligible ex-service personnel and their families, their work with the Zimbabwe a National Emergency (ZANE) and to assist with distributing grants on behalf of the Army Regiments and Corps.
The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League was founded in 1921 by Field Marshal Earl Haig and General Smuts. The League’s aim is to “ensure that no Commonwealth ex-serviceman or woman is without help if in need.”
Bakoto Jobe is an example of one widow that the RCEL helps. Bakoto lives in the rural village of Kinti Kunde in The Gambia and is the widow of Corporal Kebba Keita who served with the 1st Gambia Regiment and was deployed to Burma. She is the only military widow in the village and is cared for by her son. She is supported directly by the RCEL with the funds that we provide.
Christopher Warren, Secretary General of The RCEL states that ‘’the support given by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity saves peoples lives and gives them dignity in some of the poorest regions in the world. As equally important to them all is that they have not been forgotten. Most of the beneficiaries, many WWII veterans and widows in their 90s, have no other support than that provided by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and we are privileged to provide the global network to deliver their grants’’.
Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, adds: “The work that the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League does around the world is invaluable. Their support to veterans and their families in need, for people like the widowed Bakoto Jobe, helps them avoid hardship and live good-quality lives. Keep up the good work!”