The Veterans Charity was founded in March 2008 to support UK Veterans of all generations.

We provide fast, direct support to Veterans facing hardship and distress.

We supply essential items including food shopping, clothing, household goods like kitchenware and appliances as well as furniture and even mobile phones to aid vital communication.


Since 2011, we have provided essential items to more than 1000 Veterans and given guidance and advice to many more.


General Sir Robert Pascoe KCB MBE


Former CO of 1 RGJ, General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland, Assistant Chief of the General Staff and Adjutant General, General Bob was educated at Sandhurst and joined the legendary Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1952.


A founder of The Veterans Charity, General Bob is extremely passionate about supporting those who have served.

Lt. Colonel Vaughan Kent-Payne


Vaughan enjoyed a 36 year career in the Army, serving with Duke of Lancaster Regiment in which he completed 17 operational tours including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.


After leaving the military, Vaughan was a Regioanl Director of Welfare for a large military charity and is now Director of The Sandhurst Trust.


Vaughan became Chair of the Trustees of The Veterans Charity in August 2015, bringing a vast range of experience and skills as well as his obvious passion for supporting our Veterans.

Major Michael Massy-Beresford
Mr Iain Henderson


Son of the late Brigadier Tristram Massy-Beresford MC DSO and educated at Eton and Cambridge, Michael served for just under 30 years in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and later, the Royal Green Jackets.


Michael's passion for helping Veterans and his extensive experience as an Army Officer and businessman has helped Michael to raise several hundred thousand pounds since The Veterans Charity was founded in 2008.



Iain served in the Royal Air Force and later enjoyed a career in the Metropolitan Police.


Iain has enormous enthusiasm for commemorations and supporting Veterans in every possible way.


Iain's diverse career has given him considerable experience in safety, training and event management and his creative flair is a very welcome addition to the Trustee body.


Iain became a Trustee of The Veterans Charity in September 2015.

Mr Danny Greeno
Mr Danny Greeno


Unlike the rest of the management team, Danny has not served in the Armed Forces.


Having relatives and many friends who have served has given Danny a strong awareness of the challenges that face our Veterans and when the opportunity arose to 'give something back to those who have served', he jumped at it.


Danny co-ordinates all the welfare activities of The Veterans Charity as well as the day-to-day management including events, fundraising and volunteers.


Danny is one of the founders of The Veterans Charity.

Mr Rob Starbuck


Rob has been extensively involved with The Veterans Charity since 2008 when he worked on the PR campaign for the Run to Pegasus and the memorial at Pegasus Bridge.


A very keen ultra-runner, Rob has completed more miles of The Forces March than any other person, covering the route EIGHT times in all. Rob estiamtes he has run close to 5000 miles for VC!


An expert in sponsorship and marketing, Rob has used his skills and experience to attracts fabulous sponsorship for the charity's events and has also helped to fundraise many thousands of pounds through the corporate sector and directly through his own efforts.

LBdr Ben Parkinson MBE


Ben Parkinson is a genuine Airborne legend.


He is widely regarded as the most injured soldier to survive his injuries which he received in 2006 in Afghanistan whilst on tour with 7 Para RHA.


His progress and recovery since being injured is nothing less than remarkable. Ben's incredible determination and courage has astounded many people, including medical experts.


Ben has never let his injuries hold him back and his story is a source of inspiration to millions.


Ben has been Patron of The Veterans Charity since 2009.

Mrs Penny Howard-Bates


Penny is the daughter of the legendary Major John Howard DSO Croix-de-Guerre who led the assault on Pegasus Bridge in the opening minutes of D-Day, 6th June 1944.


Penny has been a huge supporter of The Veterans Charity since we began in 2008 and has done a great deal to support D-Day Veterans, especially those who served alongside her father.


Penny proudly became a Patron of VC in 2016.

Mr Andrew Cottrell


Andrew has been appointed the Medical Advisor to The Veterans Charity since 2013 providing advice on delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care and the safety management of events.


Whilst managing the day-to-day running of his own company (Face 2 Face Medical Ltd), Andrew still spends time operationally at events both for The Veterans Charity and corporate clients.


Andrew's day job is is an Operating Department Practitioner for the NHS and has a vast range of experience and skills.


Cpl Chris Tyrrell


Chris has been our Event Facilities Manager since 2015 and is responsible for the planning, creation and management of our event sites and venues as well as leading a dedicated team of volunteers on each event.


As a serving Royal Engineer, Chris brings a wealth of experience and technical skill to our events and is instrumental in helping to create and maintain our operating policies covering every aspect of safety. 


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The Veterans Charity, Seven Brethren Bank, Barnstaple EX31 2AS

We are committed to delivering the highest standards and aim to ensure that all aspects of our work reflect this. Any concerns should be addressed to us in writing to the above address, by email to contact@veteranscharity.org.uk or by telephone on 01271 371001.

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