Celebrating 80 years of service to the Army family.

Since our formation in 1944 as the Army’s national charity, our promise and purpose has remained unchanged: to ensure every soldier, past, present and future, can avoid hardship and live with independence and dignity.

Help us keep our promise – support us in our anniversary year.

Learn about our charity

Our History

The Army Benevolent Fund was established 15th August 1944, with HM King George VI as Patron and Field Marshal Lord Cavan as President. A £1.5m gift from the NAAFI enabled it to begin providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, former soldiers and their families.


As the Army’s national charity, we have been here for soldiers, veterans and their families since 1944.

Meet some of the extraordinary people who make up our Army family.

Ways to support us


Give a one off or regular donation

Your one-off or regular donations can significantly impact the lives of former soldiers and their families. Contributions can assist with home adaptations for disabled veterans, care home fees for the elderly, essential bills for those struggling with living costs, vocational support for unemployed former soldiers, and travel costs for families visiting loved ones in hospital.

Gifts in Wills

Leave a gift in your Will

Making a Will is one of the most important things you can do to ensure family and friends are looked and provide you with invaluable peace of mind.

By considering leaving a gift to the Army Benevolent Fund, you are leaving a meaningful legacy to help those who have served their country but now find themselves in times of hardship or need.


Shop for unique gifts and clothing

Shop for unique gifts and clothing, where 100% of profits aid the Army Benevolent Fund, assisting soldiers, former soldiers, and their families for life.


Browse our national events

The Army Benevolent Fund offers a wide range of events nationwide, from adrenaline-pumping skydives and challenging treks to black-tie dinners and golf days.

Each event is designed to foster camaraderie, raise awareness, and support the Army family, with highlights including the Cateran Yomp, the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch and the London Marathon.

Other ways to donate

In Memory

Discover all the ways you can create tributes or leave donations in memory.

Read more here

Payroll Giving

A small, regular donation – for as little as the price of a coffee – through Payroll Giving will help us continue our vital work in supporting soldiers, veterans and their families.

Learn more here

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of companies and charitable trusts & foundations.

Discover how you can partner with us to better the lives of soldiers, former soldiers and their families in need below.


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Make a visible commitment to supporting the Army family through our Corporate Membership programme
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