Here we have provided just a selection of the many charities, or companies with charitable activities, which may provide a service to Royal Air Force personnel in one way or another.
COBSEO is the Confederation of Service Charities, an organisation that exists to work for the interests of the Armed Forces community in order to:
Represent and support the needs and opinions of members to all levels of government and other organisations
Identify, communicate and act on issues of common interest on behalf of members
Exchange and coordinate information between members
Act as a single point of contact for external enquiries
Tickets For Troops
Tickets For Troops is a charity dedicated to offering free tickets for big events to soldiers, sailors and airmen. Service personnel can register on their site and, in return for a requested donation, apply for tickets for sporting, cultural and entertainment events.
Better known for providing Service life insurance for Service personnel, Towergate Wilsons also provide indirect funding for a range of Armed Forces charities through their Towergate Charitable Foundation. From 2011 they plan to provide funding for specific projects using an online application form. Further details are available below:
The Annington Trust was set up in 1996, at the time of the purchase of the Married Quarters Estate by Annington. The Trust makes grants to a variety of projects for the benefit of families living on the married patch. These can include support for contact houses, crèches, pre-schools, youth clubs, community centres, libraries and music groups and are generally around £300 - £800. However, on occasion and given special circumstances, they may be larger. Whatever their size, the Trustees will only consider applications supported by full detail of costings and by a letter of support from your unit. Even where applications have been prepared by Community Development Workers, such a letter of support from the chain of command must be provided. Full details of the process to apply for a grant, together with the application form, are available on the website below:
Holidays For Heroes Jersey
Holidays For Heroes Jersey is a charity whose aim is to provide a week's holiday on the island of Jersey, to any past or present member of HM Forces injured, in mind or body, whilst on active duty. Established in 2008 by Dawn & Richard Woodhouse, the charity provided over 170 holidays in the first 12 months and goes from strength to strength. Service personnel who believe they are eligible should apply using the form below, where you will also find full details of the dates available.
STUBS (as in “ticket stubs”) is a registered charity that provides practical support for Armed Forces personnel injured on duty, war widows and their dependents, Service veterans, and other Armed Forces personnel.
A key aspect of STUBS work is support for the UK’s most seriously injured servicemen and servicewomen, who are in-patients at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court. Severely injured in-patients from Headley Court are frequent visitors to STUBS events including Harlequins home games, where STUBS rents an executive box on the halfway line offering patients a great view of the action. Patients also attend a wide range of other sporting events and for many their initial outing to a STUBS event is their first time out in public since being injured.
STUBS moved to The Stoop for the start of the 2010/11 rugby season in order to take advantage of the larger hospitality box - it takes twenty, and the better facilities.
On a typical match day, guests arrive for lunch before enjoying the match from seats close to the halfway line. STUBS use a hospitality box so that they can host patients with quite severe injuries who still need ongoing care. Everything is on one level, with no steps or stairs to climb, and the box provides a safe and secure environment for patients who are still recovering.
After the match guests will usually enjoy a visit from one or more of the Harlequins team, who conduct a draw for a signed match ball. Each guest receives a signed photo as a memento of their visit.
STUBS events have a considerable therapeutic value; it's not just a "trip to the rugby". For details of all STUBS events, together with how to support them, visit their website below: