We're really proud of our partnership with ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Every day, the charity is making life easier for current and former military families in need. Every time we process an MOD tax refund claim, we make a donation to them, and our partnership means we can do much more besides.  We're celebrating the 3rd anniversary of our partnership this month. Here's an update on the charity's upcoming events and recent news.

  • ABF: The Soldiers' Charity presents Bollywood
    On Friday the 12th of May, the charity held  a spectacular event, consisting of a 3-course  Indian banquet and entertainment from Jaymini Bollywood Dance. It's taking place at The Assembly Rooms, Dedham, hosted by The North East Essex and Colchester Garrison Committee.

  • Born Survivor
    The ultimate military obstacle course. Dare you test your mettle  against 10km of unforgiving military-style mayhem designed by the British Royal Marines? That's exactly what the Mud Monsters team is did in aid of The Soldiers' Charity on the 13th of May th. If you think you're up for it next year email northwest@soldierscharity.org for information on how to get involved.

  • The South Downs Stomp
    30 miles outside of London, the Stomp is a fantastic way to raise money for the Charity. Routes range from 10-60km in length, with training advice and other support available. All the Charity asks is that you commit to raising £150 if you're over 16, or £50 if you're under. Visit www.southdownsstomp.co.uk for more information.

  • 9 marathons in 9 days?
    Yes, that's exactly what Sergeant Sean Dunbabbin just took on in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity. With a running schedule stretching from the 29th of April through to the 7th of May, he set himself an ambitious fundraising target of £3,000. Currently serving at the Army Foundation College in Harrowgate, Sean says the Charity was an inspiration to him.

  • 100km in honour of a fallen comrade
    In another inspirational story, Staff Sergeant Lou Grew of the King's Royal Hussars took the Isle of Wight Challenge in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity. The Challenge is a 106km coastal path, and Ssgt Grew ran it in memory of Lance Corporal Christopher Abbott, who died in a road traffic accident in April. Check out http://www.isleofwightchallenge.com for more about the Challenge.

  • Over £50,000 grant for Revitalise
    ABF The Soldiers' Charity has awarded a £51,684 grant to Revitalise, a charity that offers respite holidays to the disabled and their carers. As a result of the grant, 146 disabled Army veterans will be getting a much-needed break with all the care they need. Revitalise is just one of the dozens of charities that benefit from these grants. You can find out more about their work at www.revitalise.org.uk

Check back here each month for news and important updates from RIFT and ABF The Soldiers' Charity.