WELCOME TO OUR CHARITIES FOR 2018
Why does ABF The Soldiers’ Charity exist?
We give a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. We make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.
We take pride in being responsive, making a difference at a critical point in peoples’ lives. We have been doing this since 1944, working with veterans of every conflict, and we envisage continuing doing so for the ‘long haul’ – supporting all future generations of our soldiers and their dependants.
THE BIG CURRY
This is the brianchild of "The Soilders Charity" one of the causes we are supporting between January and July 2018.
This event is still in the planning stages but we are looking for your feedback as to what you want to see on the night.
We will have a magical evening, at a venue to be confirmed, where a lovely curry will be served with live entertainment for your pleasure after our meal.
Please do watch this page for more details as we get these confirmed.
BLOOD BIKES LANCASHIRE
Answer calls from the hospitals and dispatch Riders. Or
Ride motorcycles to collect and deliver urgently needed whole blood, platelets, samples for analysis, medication, patient notes, small medical instruments, donor breast milk, etc., between NHS hospitals without charging the hospitals. Or
We simply try to make the public aware of what we do, often by giving talks to groups or standing at events or supermarkets. Donations are always welcome, to help us continue doing what we do.
To save the NHS Hospitals money, which would normally be used to pay for taxis, leaving that money to be spent on better patient care, or to provide newer, up to date, specialist equipment.
Many of us have either had help from the hospitals, personally or within our own families, or we simply want to help. Riders love motorcycling, even in the depths of winter although there are times when a motorcycle would be dangerous, i.e. Ice and snow, so many riders then use their own cars.
With the exception of delivering Donor Breast Milk during daytime hours, we only operate out of normal working hours, when the NHS transport staff is unavailable, mainly through the night and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays.
We began operating in May 2012 and have saved the local NHS Hospitals millions of pounds already.
Our Controllers work from home using their own landline phone, mobile phone and computer to receive calls, then dispatch a Rider.
Many riders use their own bikes, or cars if the weather is so bad that a bike would be dangerous.
All our Riders undergo assessment rides by professional motorcycle instructors before they can ride for us.
We have a fleet of 12 liveried (hi viz) bikes equipped with emergency lights and sirens and all riders who ride these bikes must be advanced qualified riders, but then must undergo specialist training to use the emergency equipment.
We already work closely with the Police, Ambulance, and Fire & Rescue Services, and our aim is to have a dedicated and professional body of volunteers, which will rightly be the 4th Emergency Service.