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Plan to protect 7,000 Commonwealth veterans from extreme poverty

7,000 Commonwealth veterans who served with the British Armed Forces will receive two meals a day through a programme delivered by the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL). RCEL will receive a grant of £11.8 million over a five-year period to support the initiative, which spans four continents and more than 30 countries.

The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal British Legion, RAF Benevolent Fund and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity are collectively giving more than half a million per year to this fantastic cause.

RCEL Deputy Grand President and former Chief of Defence Staff, Lord Richards of Herstmonceux said: “We owe a great debt to the service men and women of the Commonwealth who served in the British Armed Forces in the Second World War and afterwards prior to their countries’ independence. This grant will help the RCEL ensure that these brave men and women are sustained and cared for in their twilight years. As important, it will let them know that they have not been forgotten and their service and sacrifice is remembered.”

Source: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity