For years, we have supported The Not Forgotten Association (NFA) to help them continue the amazing work they do for soldiers and veterans alike. At the end of 2017, we awarded NFA a grant of £65,000 towards the direct charitable costs of their events and activities.
The NFA are a tri-service charity who provide entertainment and recreation for the benefit of the serving wounded, injured, or sick, and for veterans who suffer from a disability or illness. Their events support their beneficiaries in various ways, depending on the needs of each individual. These range from physical challenges, with the opportunity to develop self-confidence, through to activities focusing on a more social nature. All offering support and comradeship, so everyone involved knows they are not alone.
The NFA host events throughout the year with their flagship event, the annual Garden Party, being held in the summer months. Last year, the event, which has been running since 1921, was held on May 26th at Buckingham Palace (by kind permission of HM The Queen), and was attended by 2,300 of their beneficiaries who came together to share stories and engage in an afternoon of fun.
Brigadier (Ret’d) James Stopford CBE, Chief Executive of The Not Forgotten Association, commented: “We have just received the most generous grant from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and it means a great deal to us and our beneficiaries. It sends a very powerful signal, and sets the standard in the Military charity community, of how charities should work together to do the best for those who need our support. Last year, their support allowed us to help over 5,000 members of the Army family and, as we look back over 2017, we are delighted that ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s DNA can be seen throughout our programme of events. They have allowed us to bring happiness to those who need it.”