About the Charity
The Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Charity is registered with the Charity Commission (No 1085050). The stated object of the Charity is the relief of persons who are:
• in need, hardship or distress and
• are serving or former members of The Royal Anglian Regiment or Former Regiments and dependants of such persons.
It has made grants totalling £107,000 over the past year alone, to over 275 cases. Cases vary from assistance to soldiers on operations in Afghanistan to helping Old Comrades and their families. Each case is judged on its own merits. Casework is initially handled by a Caseworker from the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association (SSAFA) or The Royal British Legion, who visit the applicant and discuss their needs and background details. The case is then sent to Regimental Headquarters where the Benevolent Committee sits in consideration. It is aimed to turn casework around in 24 hours as the needs are invariably urgent.
Examples of our work
A few examples of grants given to those in need are listed below. Although the names have not been shown, the cases are genuine:
Pte F had served for 3 years. He and his wife lost a young child and were struggling to meet the cost of the funeral and headstone. The Regiment was able to help with these costs.
LCpl G had served for 6 years. He was wounded in Iraq where he lost a leg. The Regiment paid for a rehabilitation trip to aid his recovery.
Pte H had joined the Army from a Commonwealth country. His mother sadly died in his own country and The Regiment was able to pay for his flight home to pay his respects.
LCpl I developed incurable cancer whilst home on leave from active service. Three weeks before he died, The Regiment was able to pay his airfare from the UK so that he could say goodbye to his mates in Germany.
Pte J was wounded in Afghanistan, losing a leg below the knee. The Regiment was able to pay for driving lessons so that he could enjoy greater mobility.
Pte K was wounded in Afghanistan, suffering substantial injuries to his back. This made sleeping in bed particularly difficult. The Regiment was able to help by purchasing two specialist beds, one for his home and one for his barrack room.
£10,000 was placed at the immediate disposal of our 2nd Battalion to cover their tour in Afghanistan. This could be used, for example, to pay for the transport and accommodation costs of families visiting our wounded soldiers in UK hospitals.
A veteran served in WW2 for 6 years and was recently widowed. He was on a state pension and could not afford to replace his freezer. The Regiment replaced it.
He served for 10 years and settled in Bedfordshire. He developed MS and lost his sight. He was dependent on his wife for everything. They had to move house and the new home had no carpeting. The Regiment provided it.
A veteran of WW2 who had served in two of our former Regiments, died. The family was unable to afford the funeral. A grant enabled him to be buried with dignity.
A soldier who served for 14 years, including in Northern Ireland and Kuwait, had health problems and was unable to work. His bed had broken and the Regiment replaced it.
A soldier had served for 5 years and was unemployed as he needed to pass one module in his electrician’s training. The Regiment made a grant to cover the cost of the course.
A WW2 veteran had an electricity powered mobility scooter stored his hallway which was a hazard. The Regiment helped with the cost of providing a store shed and track in his garden.
A soldier who served for 6 years, including Northern Ireland and Bosnia, lost his leg and built up council tax arrears. The Regiment was able to help pay the arrears.
A National Service soldier developed Parkinson’s disease. He found it impossible to get out of an armchair. The Regiment helped provide a riser/recliner armchair for him.
The widow of a soldier was living on a state pension. Part of her electricity wiring had been condemned and needed immediate replacement. The Regiment provided a grant for this.
A National Serviceman developed mobility problems, which rendered him housebound. The Regiment, with the Royal British Legion, was able to provide him with a mobility scooter.
An old soldier served in Korea completing 5 years of service. He developed mental problems and got behind with his rent. The Regiment was able to clear his debts.
The widow of a WW2 soldier developed mobility problems and could no longer get out of her armchair. The Regiment was able to pay for a riser/recliner armchair.
A WW2 veteran was living alone, developed mobility problems and could no longer climb the stairs. The Regiment helped with the cost of a stair lift.
A National Serviceman died four years ago, leaving his widow alone with a state pension. Her boiler had broken and needed replacement. The Regiment, with the Army Benevolent Fund and Royal British Legion, replaced it.
How you can help
You can support the Royal Anglian Benevolent Charity in a number of ways. You can click the JustGiving link below and give a donation directly.
Or, if you would prefer to sponsor an event, this page will be regularly updated with events that you can sponsor specifically. Every penny helps no matter how you decide to support us. Or, you may wish to hold your own fundraising event: why not get in touch and tell us all about it and we can publicise it on the Regimental 'net'.