Veterans Aid is the UK’s one-stop shop for veterans in crisis: the A&E of the veterans sector.
There are around 4.5 million veterans in the UK and over 20,000 men and women leave the Armed Forces every year. A small number of veterans experience problems in civilian life. VA offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” and has an unparalleled track record in breaking the cycle of crisis. Last year VA provided over 22,000 nights of accommodation, handled over 4,000 calls for help and advice and welcomed 600 visitors into its main office in Victoria.
We began work with VA in October 2014 to help raise funds to upgrade and expand the charity’s New Belvedere House hostel in East London. Over £8.2 million has been raised and the flagship facility for veterans in crisis was unveiled last autumn when Mayor of London Sadiq Khan formally opened the new hostel.
It was our privilege to work with Buttle UK on the Chances for Children Campaign. We helped to raise £1.5 million in the first year of the Campaign which has now gone on to raise over £3.3 million.