The Army Widows’ Association provides support and advice for widows and widowers, recognised partners and their dependants. Our £25,000 will go towards the charity’s operating costs and its two annual events, the Annual General Meeting and National Memorial Arboretum Respite Weekend. The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for AWA’s 300 members to seek guidance on matters such as skills development, benefits and pensions, while the respite weekend at the National Memorial Arboretum provides time for the bereaved to reflect and remember lost loved ones.

We have also awarded a £20,000 funding boost to the NSPCC’s Tidworth Service Centre to help build emotional resilience amongst military children in Wiltshire. Our grant supports a number of programmes for parents and children, including a dedicated lunch club that addresses the specific pressures felt by Armed Forces children, such as those relating to deployment or social isolation.

We were delighted to award £20,000 to the NSPCC’s Tidworth Service Centre (credit: Tom Hull. Please note that for confidentiality reasons, this photo uses models).