Last week the Barclays Big Curry returned for the eighth year running, welcoming guests to the Victory Services Club in London.

Barclays employee James Savage has organised and hosted the event since its inception, raising more than £150,000 for soldiers, veterans and their families in need. The event is part of the charity’s long-standing partnership with Barclays which has existed since we were established in 1944.

Guests enjoyed traditional curry as eaten in many Army Mess Halls and could bid in a live auction, including top prizes such as a stay at a boutique Wadworth Hotel with tour of their brewery in Devizes. They also had the opportunity to take home a bottle of Tommy’s Pale Ale, produced in aid of the charity. Ambassador for The Soldiers’ Charity, Stewart Harris, spoke to guests about how the charity supported him at his lowest point after he sustained severe injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan. Attendees were very moved by his story of survival and recovery.

A special thanks goes to James Savage and everyone at Barclays for their efforts and continued support of the Armed Forces community and our work.