Our Charity

Our remit is to help ex-Service men and women who served The Crown and their widows who are now in need. Benevolence monies are dispensed to beneficiaries through a network of ex-Service Organisations across the Commonwealth with the aim of providing 2,400 calories, or 2 meals a day to each beneficiary, to ensure a healthy diet. Such is the demand today, that in some parts of the World, the charity is unable to provide more than 20 meals a month so the Commonwealth Veterans Review Committee (CVRC) chaired by Sir Malcolm Rifkind ( a long standing supporter and Friend of The League ) was formed to raise awareness and persuade the UK Government to help support our worthy cause. The CVRC co-chaired by our Grand President, General The Lord Richards and made up of The Royal British Legion, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund developed a strategy that demonstrated UK Service Charity support for the project.  As a result on 8 November 2018 at The Commonwealth Council Meeting in Canada House, London, the then Secretary of State for International Development, The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt announced a Commonwealth Veterans Programme to provide life saving support to thousands of veterans and widows across the globe.  Her speech is shown in full under the ‘Welfare’ tag.  Accordingly, for the next 5 years, we are able to distribute enough funding to provide support for all beneficiaries which will allow them access to a healthy diet and a more comfortable life in their twilight years.

However, we still desperately need your support. The League has committed to providing matched funding for the DFID Commonwealth Veterans Programme and in order to keep our side of the arrangement we rely on the generosity of those who support us.

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RCEL - Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League - Registered Charity No. 1174874 - Haig House, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA, United Kingdom - Telephone +44 (0)20 3207 2413

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