SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity

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SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Last year, we helped more than 85,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (210760)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by Monday Charitable Trust


  • Armed Forces/Emergency ServicesArmed Forces/Emergency Services
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom

  • The support we have received is so amazing. I know the charity will back me and my family no matter what, even if I am no longer in the military.

    — Phillip Hardwell, Veteran


The issues presented range from debt relief; sourcing mobility aids; paying for funeral expenses; to providing emergency food vouchers. The crucial intervention we provide is life changing. The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated some of these needs. Many who call on our help are lonely and isolated, others have health issues, lost their jobs or are on low income and struggling to make ends meet. Our mission is to ensure that we are here to provide much needed relief for our Armed Forces community.


Access to grants to meet needs. Advocacy and support with accessing benefits and entitlements, e.g. housing and pensions. Our helpline, accessible worldwide, will support those who are lonely or isolated. During Covid-19 calls around isolation, bereavement and mental health increased. We are here to listen and meet the needs presented. Ensure our trained volunteer caseworkers provide one-to-one support in the community to those who are struggling with mental health issues, such as PTSD.