ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity, for soldiers, past and present, and their families for life. Standing at the forefront of support for the Army family, last year supporting 60,000 people in 63 countries around the world. As one of the largest funders in the sector, they award grants to individuals and families, and fund leading organisations that support soldiers, former soldiers, and their families. When they hear of a person or family in need, they aim to respond within 48 hours. ABF in Devon supported around 82 individuals with funds of £73K distributed.
Pictured left to right at Wyvern Barracks Exeter
Philip Hutchings (Regional Asst ABF), Captain Rob Gammage (Welfare Officer 165 reg), Ian Kingsbury (Leader of Devonshire’s Freemasons), Clive Eden (Devonshire Freemasons Communications Officer), Alan Gorczyca (Chairman Devon ABF) and Trevor Ongley (Devon ABF)
Alan Gorczyca of Devon’s ABF said:
“We are extremely grateful for the kind donation of £6,000 from the Devonshire Freemasons. It will be used within the county to support soldiers and their families in their time of need“.
Ian Kingsbury (Leader Devonshire Freemasons) commented:
“It’s a pleasure to Visit Wyvern Barracks to present the ABF these funds as it’s very much about supporting our local Military personnel , not just the National effort”.
Also Recently in County Hall Exeter, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Devonshire David Fursdon was invited to sign the “Armed Forces Covenant” together with Ian Kingsbury JP Head of the Devonshire Freemasons
The partnership aims to support members of the Armed Forces community and ensure they have the same access to government as well as commercial services and products as any other citizen. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire like the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) will be able to demonstrate its support to members of the Armed Forces in a number of areas, including education, family wellbeing, getting a home, starting a new career, access to healthcare and financial assistance.
Devonshire Freemasonry like the UGLE has a strong Armed Forces background throughout its 130 Lodges. This partnership therefore represents an important step in further supporting both active and retired military personnel.