175 years of Support
Why? Since 1839 we have been helping Gunners in need, both serving and retired and their dependants. Such charitable work is at the very heart of the family regiment and today it continues in ernest. It is vital for the future welfare of the regimental family, with many veterans from the latter half of the 20th Century, and especially from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan needing help now and in the future. Our welfare expenditure has risen over the last few years; indeed welfare expenditure has doubled in five years whilst income has struggled to keep pace. Help us to help others.
Legacies are a key part of our income, but sadly are an unpredictable source of funding. We are very grateful for those who over the last one hundred and seventy years have remembered the RA Charitable Fund in their wills, but legacies have drastically reduced in the last few years, and we are asking if you can help to reverse this trend.
Donating to the RA Charitable Fund
In the past 15 years the RA Charitable Fund has assisted over 33,000 Gunners and their dependants in need. Donations are a vital source of our income and we are truly appreciative of all the donations we receive. If you do not donate perhaps you would start donating regularly now? There are two tax efficient ways of donating. By your completing a Standing Order and Gift Aid form we are able to claim back a further 25% of your donation from HM Revenue and Customs. Alternatively you can use the Payroll Giving scheme if you are in work or in receipt of a taxable pension. Under the Payroll Giving scheme your income tax liability is calculated after the Payroll Giving donation has been deducted from your gross pay or pension which means that the income tax, at whatever is the highest rate you are paying, will be received by us immediately instead of being sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. At the present time, if you are serving or retired, and you wish to use the Payroll Roll Giving scheme you should go to the website www.charitablegiving.co.uk and open Employees. Full instructions are given how to complete and submit a donation form online and you need do nothing more except receive our thanks.
What does it provide
The RA Charitable Fund financially supports all officers and soldiers and their dependants whether serving or retired, widowed or divorced who are in need.
We are here to help all members of the Regimental family in need, whatever the cause and at any time in their lives. There is no geographical limit and we can assist Gunners, Gunner Veterans and their dependants throughout the world.
We provide through eligibility criteria, and based on humanity, reality and flexibility speedy assistance to all members of the Gunner Family; we judge each case on its own merits.
If you would like more information or think that you might benefit from our assistance then please contact us.