RIFT is honoured to work closely with ABF The Soldiers' Charity, bringing much-needed support to Armed Forces personnel and their families in times of hardship or bereavement. Here's a quick round-up of some of this month's ABF news and events:

£20,000 grant for NSPCC

As the UK’s leading children’s charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children fights to put an end to abuse and neglect. The charity works directly with families making their way through tough times, and operates a free, confidential helpline offering invaluable support and advice. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity honours the NSPCC’s work with a £20,000 grant to help them continue to assist military families in Tidworth.

From their weekly “Time Together” drop-in sessions dedicated to promoting great parenting to their “Positive Pathways” one-to-one service for young people with emotional problems, NSPCC Service Centres have a tremendous track record of providing vital support to society’s most vulnerable members. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is honoured to have an opportunity to bolster that support.

The Open University receives a £20,000 grant from ABF

Another £20,000 grant went out from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity recently, this time to The Open University (OU). OU is the world leader in distance learning, and it’s putting education within reach for more people than ever. Over 1,000 active UK servicemen and women are currently enrolled in OU courses, and the organisation works closely with the MOD and military charities to meet those students’ needs. The grant is aiming to boost OU’s Disabled Veterans Fund – a unique scheme designed to offer the benefits of university-level education to people dealing with difficult circumstances after a military career. With around 2.5 million veterans living in the UK, the programme is about offering something back to those who deserve it most, and ABF is determined to support that commitment.

Bristol Golf Day: 9th of May

With entry open to teams of up to 4, Bristol’s Thirteenth ABF Charity Golf Day is a fantastic day out at the Bristol and Clifton Golf Club, BS8 3TH. The course itself takes the form of an 18-hole Stableford Competition, with 3 to count on each hole. Tee times run from 9.00 to 11.00, with teams from military units, businesses and golf clubs or societies welcome. Entry is £200 per team, including green fees, coffee and a 2-course meal. You can grab a booking form here.

Vitality London 10,000: 27th of May

If you fancy joining the ranks of the ABF Fundraising Army, you’re in luck! Taking in such famous landmarks as Big Ben, the London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Vitality London run is an amazing experience and a great way to support ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Just get yourself registered here – or, if you’re already signed up on your own, join the Soldiers’ Charity Fundraising Army to get our unique support package of:

  • An expert and exclusive training plan.
  • Support from the National Events Team.
  • Soldiers’ Charity training t-shirts and running vest.
  • Fundraising packs and advice.

Those are our top picks for current and upcoming ABF events and updates. Visit https://www.soldierscharity.org for more information, and be sure to check out their online shop. Once you're done there, come back and watch this space for more from the charity next month.