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Welcome to

The Veterans Charity

Registered Charity No. 1123149

How we help

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 In the past 2.5 years alone, we have delivered urgently-needed essential    support to more than 1800 Veterans despite facing a huge drop in vital    income because of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. 
 
 Help us to continue delivering for those in dire hardship. 

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We are proud to announce our brand new partnership with The Royal Logistic Corps Association Trust to support Veterans experiencing hardship!

Found out more here

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We are extremely proud to have been shortlisted amongst the finalists in this year's Soldier On Awards within the 'Working Together' category!

"An award to honour a group of people, team or organisation that has demonstrated an enduring commitment to a collaborative approach, engaging with each other and other external organisations to support the sector within the wider military community."

Find out more about these prestigious awards here

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Play The Veterans Charity Lottery!
Tickets are just £1 per week and the top prize is a massive £25,000!

The Veterans Charity will receive 50% of the ticket price with 24% of the remaining amount going into the prize funds, 16% covering administration costs (transaction fees, insurance, hosting costs, booking fees etc) and 4% covering VAT.  

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Armed Forces Day - 1940's style!

On Sunday 26th June, we hosted a wonderful event in Barnstaple to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2022. 

Find out more here

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Barnstaple's new Mayor gives support to The Veterans Charity

We would like to extend our congratulations and thanks to Councillor Louisa York who has been elected as Mayor of Barnstaple for 2022/2023. We are very proud to be part of the Barnstaple community and even more proud to have been chosen by Cllr York as one of her supported charities. 

We are looking forwards to attending and supporting Louisa's events over the next 12 months.

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Routes of Remembrance

Keeping Remembrance Moving...

On VE Day, 8th May, we were very proud to launch our Routes of Remembrance events for 2022.

With incredible support from Cunard, almost 100 wreaths and tributes set sail from Southampton, bound for New York, on board the Queen Mary 2. They will be crossing the Atlantic and will arrive in New York on Sunday 15th May.

Once unloaded, the wreaths will be collected by our friends at the United War Veterans Council who are supporting the initiative to get the wreaths to some of the most iconic and poignant locations across the USA and to Canada as well.

Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, the former First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff hand-delivered the final wreath to Master of Queen Mary 2, Captain Andrew Hall, as the wreaths embark on a seven-night transatlantic crossing to New York. 

Captain Hall, said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be able to support The Veterans Charity and raise awareness for those who have selflessly given their lives to protect so many. As we come together on  VE Day it is a further reminder for all of us, that we should never forget the tremendous sacrifice that came before us.”

As the last wreath was handed over, The Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight lent there support by performing a flypast of the ship with an iconic Hawker Hurricane. A huge crowd turned out to watch the flypast from the water's edge in Mayflower Park.

As the ship left the docks, members of the Southampton Veterans Trust, Romsey Old Cadets Band and Southampton Sea Cadets stood to attention as Last Post was played. Passengers poured out onto the rear decks of the ship to witness this wonderful act of respect.

It has always been our hope to connect Routes of Remembrance with the USA and Canada and to commemorate the history of comradeship between our Armed Forces. We are extremely grateful to Cunard for their support and also to our friends at Southampton Veterans Trust, United War Veterans Council, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band and the BBMF for helping us to make this fabulous tribute a reality.

 

We will be publishing updates on the movement of the wreaths via our social media channels.
 

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Wreaths and Flags

Laid out reayd for loading to take to the QM2

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91 wreaths...
91 wreaths...

And a very special tribute to a very special Veteran

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Ready for loading

The wreaths are taken away to be loaded directly onto the Queen Mary 2

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The Dog Handler and the Dog
The Dog Handler and the Dog

One of our Trustees, Iain Henderson, is a former dog handler in the RAF Police so naturally made friends with one of the sniffer dogs at the port

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Southampton Sea Cadets
Southampton Sea Cadets

We were very proud to be joined for the salute by a group of Cadets from Southampton Sea Cadets

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Attention!
Attention!

Veterans stood to attention as the Queen Mary 2 sailed past on her way to New York.

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With Admiral Sir Jonathon Band
With Admiral Sir Jonathon Band

We were very proud to meet Admiral Band and to thank him for his service and his support.

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Salute!

Veterans showed their respect for the wreaths and the ship as she left port

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Salute

Amongst the Veterans attending was a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Chaplaincy who happened to be sailing later this month on the QM2 and had arrived earlier that day!

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On Sunday 19th June, we hosted The Falklands Family Challenge to honour those who served and those who fell in The Falklands War 40 years ago. 

We were very proud to see so many people joining together on Instow Beach for a poignant 10-mile 'Yomp' to RMB Chivenor.

Amongst those who took part were several Falklands Veterans, numerous serving personnel, military families, Veterans of other conflicts and many civilians who wished to show their respect.

It was a wonderfully poignant event and we are very grateful to everyone involved in making it such a special day. We have received lots of fabulous feedback and as we feel very strongly about ensuring the sacrifices of those who served in the South Atlantic in 1982 are never forgotten, we are delighted to say we are planning to host the event again in 2023!

Look out for entries opening in the coming months. Until then, please enjoy the gallery of images by clicking the button below

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We are very proud to be an affiliate of the Veterans' Lottery which is operated by and in aid of Veterans' Foundation, an amazing charity who support many organisations to deliver support to Veterans.

Joining the Veterans’ Lottery changes the lives of British heroes in need. Our Armed Forces stand together to thank you.

For just £10 a month you can now win a tax free £50,000! 43 cash prizes are up-for-grabs every draw - from £5,000 to £120 - plus a new rollover pot of £45,000.

Each player will also receive a FREE membership to the Gourmet Society worth £79.99 - save an average of £18 on every meal at thousands of restaurants nationwide by simply showing your membership. You'll also receive your own unique Veterans' Lottery card.

Click on the image below to sign up!

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