A brief history

The Welsh Guards Charity was formed in 2013 as a result of amalgamating several different Regimental Charities and Funds. The Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal, which was started in 2009 because of the significant numbers killed in action and injured on the Battalion’s first tour to Afghanistan in 2009, is also part of the charity.

With further deaths and casualties on the Battalion’s second tour in 2012, the Appeal grew into a nationwide appeal with an immense amount of success and support, including from the Worshipful Company of Drapers, former Welsh Rugby Union Captain Ryan Jones, the Peterson Family, Walk on Wales and our families and friends raising very large sums of money.  



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The Peterson family

In 2012, the Peterson family (Alan, Maggie and their son Hywel) approached the Welsh Guards proposing that the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal should become the chosen charity for Ryan Jones' s (former Wales Rugby Captain and Lions player) Testimonial Year in 2013. Having agreed, and because of a series of events held in Wales and London throughout 2013 a sum of £75,000 was donated by Ryan Jones to the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

By this time, a close partnership and friendship had been built up and in 2015, the Regiment's Centenary Year, the Peterson family again proposed a series of special events for now the Welsh Guards Charity. These events raised a further £75,000. Both these large donations would not have been possible without the support of the Peterson's wide network of business and sporting contacts in Wales.

These strong links to them all endures to this day. The funds raised have brought significant benefits to our Regimental family not least those affected by Operations, whether physically or mentally. Critically, it has enabled the Regiment to employ a full time Regimental Veterans Officer who, through his extensive work, has reinforced further our belief that we are a family Regiment first and foremost and one that cares for all who have served, or are still serving as well as their families, in the Welsh Guards.