Dear Friends, Welcome to this dinner and auction
supporting ABF The Soldiers' Charity. We have received a huge amount of
support from all of you, our guests, and have received some outstanding
auction prize contributions. So on behalf of 21 Platoon, their military
guests, and The Soldiers' Charity, thank you for your kind generosity.
21 Platoon received their commission from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 10 years ago this year. The members of the platoon wanted to mark the occasion and commemorate the service of their fellow comrades. Many are still in active duty, many have left, but tonight we remember especially those service men and women who have been injured or killed in the service of their country.
ABF The Soldiers' Charity provides a lifetime of support to thousands of soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. Their mission is “that all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity,” Significantly in 2016, The Soldiers' Charity has been chosen by the Government to run the new 'Afghanistan Fund' which will support the families of those affected by that campaign for many years to come.
Tonight's event is about commemorating the past and supporting the future. You are part of this event; all donations and money raised goes directly to ABF The Soldiers' Charity, and to their continued commitment to deliver on their promises in making a difference in peoples' lives. So please give generously.
We would like to thank the many sponsors and supporters of this event who have donated some fantastic auction prizes. These can be viewed in this auction catalogue. Finally, we are eternally grateful for your attendance this evening, and proud to be making even a small difference to the needs of veterans of conflict.
ABF The Soldiers' Charity is the National Charity of
the British Army, supporting soldiers and veterans from every conflict,
and their immediate families. We were established as the Army Benevolent
Fund in 1944, to ensure that the hardships endured by soldiers in the
aftermath of 1914-18 were never repeated.
Most soldiers leave the Army with a promising future and excellent life skills, but there are some who need extra support as a result of their service. For more than 70 years we have been helping people from the Army family, defining our work through the Army's own values of courage, loyalty and selflessness. We are constantly changing and adapting to meet the current needs of today's Army, and each year we provide assistance to some 5,000 individuals in need. We also give grants to up to 100 other charities and partner organisations, delivering specialist support on our collective behalf – touching the lives of around 80,000 people per annum.
We often help with the everyday things, which may not be exciting, but are life- changing to our beneficiaries. Support with care home fees, training courses or home adaptations are just some of the things that can ensure every soldier and veteran of the British Army is afforded the independence and dignity they deserve.
Those individuals who need us usually come to us through their Regiments or Corps, and we can often provide vital help within 48 hours. On some occasions, we can provide a grant within minutes; we understand that if you' re facing a night without shelter or your next meal, you need help right away.