The Welsh Guards Charity exists to support the Regiment, the Battalion and Welsh Guardsman of all ranks, both serving soldiers and retired veterans, and their families.
- To promote the efficiency of the Welsh Guards, by fostering espirit de corps and by such other means as the trustees shall from time to time determine.
- To commemorate and remember those members, or former members, of the Welsh Guards who have lost their lives or suffered injury, or put themselves at risk of loss of life or injury, in service to the public.
- To relieve either generally or individually persons who are serving or who have served in the Welsh Guards or the dependants of such persons who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
- To advance the education of the public, including members of the Welsh Guards, in the history, deeds, traditions and role of the Welsh Guards.
How do we achieve this?
- By providing substantial financial support to the Battalion in order to allow them to engage in adventurous training and sports and also welfare grants to support serving soldiers and their families.
- By providing grants that support our recruiting and promoting the awareness of the Regiment amongst the general public.
- Assisting veterans of the Regiment and their families who are in need of support.
- Giving grants to ensure that our Regimental heritage is kept alive and remembered by all, whether retired or serving. This enables for example veteran pilgrimages to the Falklands for those who fought there in 1982, and underwrites battlefield tours to Africa and Europe re-tracing the battle honours and actions the Welsh Guards fought during both WW1 and WW2. It also helps us to maintain our Regimental Museum in Oswestry.
- Supporting the Regimental Association and the thirteen branches that exist in it and the many gatherings that are held amongst our veterans, whether for annual Regimental / Association events or branch activities.
- Ensuring that our Regimental property and archives dating back to our formation in 1915 is properly and securely cared for. This includes Regimental Memorials in Wales and elsewhere.
- By employing a full time Regimental Veterans Officer who provides support to all our veterans and their families who are in need but also including serving soldiers and their families where appropriate.
- Our charity also works closely with other military charities including the Army Benevolent Fund, the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and Help for Heroes and together we provide the best possible support that can be given to those who need it.
In summary, the Charity makes substantial grants each year to the Battalion and the wider Regimental Family along with the provision of advice to help improve lives and individual or family situations. The Audited accounts are submitted to and displayed by the Charities Commission and can be viewed here.
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