An Army dad and his daughter



The support of charitable trusts, foundations and individuals who make significant gifts ensures that we can continue to provide our vital projects and services.

How your gift will make an impact

The long-term effect on those who have so loyally and courageously served in recent conflicts, and those who continue to serve, is yet to be fully understood – as is the impact on their families and family life. Bereavement, illness and life changing injuries, both physical and psychological, are complex issues and the long term consequences are enormous.

We cannot fix every problem but what we can do is ensure each and everyone one of our Forces family has the best possible chance of coping with whatever challenges come their way.

Support for our projects and services

Our 130 years of experience means we have the expertise and knowledge to provide that support and our wide range of projects and specialist services have been developed to ensure whatever the need, we have a solution.

Of course, we can not do all that we do without the generous support of our donors, especially the charitable trusts, foundations and individuals who make significant gifts in support of our vital projects and services.

Your gift will help enable us continue to provide life long support to our Forces family – whatever the need.

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What we offer our major supporters

Updates from our major supporters

News from our major supporters

The Army Central Fund awards £160,000 toward Norton House Stanford Hall

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity awards £103,500 to SSAFA, to support members of the Naval family

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity awards £346,251 to SSAFA to support members of the Army family

The Royal British Legion is supporting Norton House, Headley Court this year

Annington Trust has awarded a grant of £6,000 to support SSAFA’s Short Breaks

Seafarers UK has awarded a grant of £25,000 to support SSAFA’s Casework service

£287,000 grant by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to support members of the Army family

£102,000 awarded by the City of London's charity, City Bridge Trust

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has awarded £553,946 to SSAFA from Libor banking fines

£80,000 grant awarded to SSAFA from the RAF Benevolent Fund

£128,845 awarded to SSAFA by BBC Children in Need for support with military adoption 


Nigel's story

Nigel joined the Welsh Guards at the age of 17 and marked his 19th birthday aboard a troop carrier on the way over to the Falkland Islands in 1982. Having experienced some harrowing hand-to-hand fighting during the war, Nigel says he ‘blanked’ his experiences at first, but as he grew older they started "eating away" at him. For many years, Nigel masked his mental health issues with alcohol, resulting in him losing his job and his family. 

Following the intervention of a SSAFA volunteer caseworker in January 2017, ABF the Soldiers’ Charity provided Nigel with a grant of £1,500 towards kitchen equipment and furnishings for his flat. He is now working on repairing his relationships with his family and has undertaken an alcohol detox course. He says life "now seems to be getting lighter, you know? Brighter. Because I was alive in a really dark world not too long ago".


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Joseph's story

Joseph Connor, aged 93, is a WWII veteran. He was a driver in the Reconnaissance Corps and was involved in frontline action throughout the war.  He lives alone and independently at home in Glasgow but suffers with some mobility problems. His house is part of a terraced row that has a raised front court with four steps from the public pavement.  He therefore had to negotiate the steps down to the pavement to his car and his scooter had to be stored in a lock up a few streets away. This was becoming increasingly difficult for Joseph to manage physically, especially during the winter.

Joseph got in touch with his local SSAFA branch and was visited by a SSAFA volunteer Caseworker in his home. The Caseworker sourced funding from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity* for the construction of a new driveway so that Joseph can park his car and mobility scooter directly outside his house. This has significantly improved access to his car and mobility scooter, allowing Joseph to make more trips out and ensuring that his independence has not suffered.  Joseph says: "It’s amazing... whilst my mobility is decreasing, to have access to my car and scooter, that’s my lifeline to the outside world".

*With thanks to the Trustees of Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Charities (Limited)

Kevin Ogilvie