Bettys Donate £10,000
Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate have raised over £62,000 for eight Yorkshire charities. Matched pound for pound by the business, this results in a record breaking total of £125,033 being donated to good causes. The Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust was one of eight regional charities that benefited. A cheque for £10,000 was presented to the Regimental Secretary in November 2014.
Cycle Ride Raises £1250
Thanks also to the Deighton Working Mens Club who raised £1250 for both our Regimental Benevolent Fund and ABF The Soldiers' Charity in summer 2014.
Hull KR raise thousands for The Yorkshire Regiment
Hull Kingston Rovers have raised almost £7,000 for the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust after linking up with the charity for Armed Forces Day 2014.
The first partnership of its kind for the club in the Super League era, it saw the Robins wear a limited-edition military shirt during last month’s clash with Huddersfield Giants at the KC Lightstream Stadium in tribute to the nation’s brave servicemen and women.
With supporters also rallying round the cause – including more than 1,000 fans snapping up replicas of the unique kit – the club has now presented the Trust with a cheque for £6,905.
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The Yorkshire Regiment
The Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund was set up in 2006 and succeeded its predecessors in the antecedent regiments. The Fund is designed to give assistance to former members of the Regiment and/or their dependants, considered to be in need.
The regimental point of contact for all charity donations, fundraising efforts and donations is Capt Trevor Edgar at RHQ York
Tel: 01904 461023 mailto: yorksC2fin@btconnect.com
All benevolence cases will be administered by the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolence Case Committee (BCC). This will consist of the following personnel from RHQ:
The Regimental Finance Officer
The Benevolence Administration Clerk
The Regimental Secretary – as the Trustees’ representative within RHQ, for complex cases, on occasion where this involves questions of eligibility or unusual need.
The Assistant Regimental Secretary
Normally, before any benevolence case is considered it must be supported by a report from either SSAFA or the Royal British Legion (RBL). This report provides an independent assessment of the circumstances and need. The SSAFA Handbook, published annually, provides the guidance for all SSAFA and RBL case workers and offices on where to direct applications for benevolence assistance. Any cases of need that are passed directly to RHQ from any other source will be referred to SSAFA or the RBL for the applicant to be visited and a report made. The BCC will then meet and act in accordance with the guidelines laid down in The ABF Guidelines. For the sake of efficiency the BCC will meet as and when required.
Eligibility and Criteria
The ABF Guidelines will be used as the basis for determining all eligibility and need criteria.
There may be circumstances when to seek a report from SSAFA or the RBL would be inappropriate, for example a Casualty Visiting Officer may need to make an urgent grant in support of a casualty or family and to impose the process of a report would be unnecessarily insensitive or intrusive. Any such grants, without a report, should only be made with the approval of the Regimental Secretary on behalf of the Trustees.
Once cases have been approved, all payments of grants will be made by the Assistant Regimental Secretary (Resources).
RHQ Benevolence Case Committee
The RHQ Benevolence Case Committee (BCC) manages requests for assistance which come via the ABF, SSAFA and other welfare organisations. £102,000 was ring-fenced for benevolence in 2013/14, of which £85k has been granted to 251 cases. In future years, the loss of a battalion’s worth of the One Day’s Pay Scheme (ODPS) will inevitably have an impact on the benevolence income and we might also anticipate an increasing number of cases from those leaving the Regiment on early retirement and redundancy, and all in a difficult financial climate. However, we can all be confident that our benevolence is making a real difference to members of the regimental family, old and new.
The following extracts are taken from letters written by grateful recipients of a Regimental grant.
Thank you for donating money via SSAFA to enable me to purchase a much needed carpet. I am very pleased with it and it has made such a difference in keeping warm.
Thank you to the regimental association for the contribution towards my electrically powered vehicle (EPV). It makes such difference to my life, thank you so much.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the regiment and everyone who has helped me and my family through my transition to civilian life, because nothing is certain at this point and it always a comfort to know that there are service charity organisations out there that can help us move on and make a good start on our own.
Thank you for all the help given to soldier x. With your help, the Army Benevolent Fund and Royal British Legion he has successfully undertaken a plastering course and is now confident in finding work.
A big thank you to The Yorkshire Regiment for helping purchase the washing machine, TV and blinds for my windows. I would also like to thank you for the speed and ease at which everything was sorted out. I can now start to get on with my life and hopefully start to recover. So thank you again for all you have done for me.