ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Health and Welfare

Set up in 1944, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families, helping them make a successful transition to civilian life., and providing financial assistance when they are in real need.

In 2014 the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust made a donation to help with the training, educational bursaries and vocational courses of soldiers living in the Shepway area.

A spokesman for The Soldiers’ Charity said: “The donation made by The RDHCT is a great boost for our charity and will help provide vital support to soldiers in the Shepway area making the transition from military life.”

The Soldiers’ Charity works closely with a number of individuals supporting the physical and mental move into civilian life. In Shepway these have included a former member of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who suffered a traumatic and debilitating injury resulting in his medical discharge. Despite showing outstanding courage and a positive attitude towards his rehabilitation and his resettlement into civilian life, he will never fully recover from his injuries, and found it difficult to undertake skills training because of this. With a very small service pension he needed extra help with his transition, and has now been enrolled on a functional skills, maths and ITQ course. This will not only significantly help his future prospects, but those of his family too. Another had served with the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment for 18 years, but an anxiety disorder led to his medical discharge. In civilian life he became very isolated, unable to walk far or to drive, be amongst crowds of people, or even attend medical appointments. Paying for driving lessons for his wife helped reduce this isolation for him and his family.