Donations to armed forces charities rise against the overall trend, new figures reveal

Help for Heroes saw an 181 per cent increase in donations between 2008 and 2010, according to data from the Charities Aid Foundation

Help for Heroes founders Emma and Bryn Parry
Help for Heroes founders Emma and Bryn Parry

Donations to armed forces charities increased by more than 25 per cent between 2008 and 2010, bucking the recent fall in donations to large charities, according to figures published by the Charities Aid Foundation.

The analysis shows that giving to armed forces charities went up by 26.2 per cent in real terms between 2008 and 2010, while donations to all other large charities fell by an average of 4.3 per cent in the same period.

CAF analysed the financial returns of 32 charities that support servicemen and women for the period between 2008 and 2010. Help for Heroes, which was founded in 2007 and seeks to help wounded, injured and sick forces personnel, was among the charities whose donations surged, increasing by 181 per cent between 2008 and 2010.

Support Our Soldiers, which sends parcels to those serving on the front line, increased its donations by 87 per cent. ABF The Soldiers' Charity, which offers lifetime support to serving soldiers and veterans, saw its donations increase by 58 per cent.

Last December’s UK Giving report, produced by CAF and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, showed that the overall amount donated to charities last year had not increased from £11bn in real terms despite a million more people donating to good causes.

Richard Harrison, director of research at CAF, said that the rise in support for armed forced charities could be attributed in part to the public recognition of the impact that conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have had on military personnel and their families. "The surge in donations to armed forces charities shows that, even in these tough economic times, people will rally round to support a cause they really care about."

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