About the charities

About the charities

Poppies fill the moat at the Tower of London

The Tower of London Remembers project helped support six service charities in the UK. The significance of the vital work that these charities provide is especially poignant as we mark the centenary of the First World War and remember all those who lived and fought during this time.

Cobseo

Cobseo maximise the charitable support to the Armed Forces Community through co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration of organisations working in the Service Charity sector. www.cobseo.org.uk

The objectives of Cobseo are to encourage and facilitate cooperation and collaboration amongst the charities within the sector and also between the sector and Government in all its forms; including Central Government, the Devolved Administrations and local government as well as increasingly devolved organisations such as the NHS.

The enormously generous grant from the Poppies at the Tower project was given specifically to help Cobseo to deliver these objectives and thereby to enhance the level of support given to beneficiaries’ right across the Armed Forces Community.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans' mental health, treating conditions including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. www.combatstress.org.uk

More than £1 million raised from the sale of the poppies will help Combat Stress continue delivering specialist mental health support to thousands of ex-Service men and women, including residential and outpatient clinical treatment and welfare advice.

Founded in 1919 to care for the men who returned from the trenches bearing the psychological scars of shell shock, we have since supported over 100,000 Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety, enabling them to rebuild their lives. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was a poignant reminder of the personal sacrifices made by those who serve their country.

Coming Home

Coming Home is the fundraising campaign for Haig Housing Trust, which provides specially adapted homes for seriously injured and disabled Servicemen and general needs housing for ex-Servicemen and their families. www.coming-home.org.uk

Every pound given to ‘Coming Home’ will be spent directly on housing provision for severely wounded Servicemen and women. We have just bought our first ‘Tower Poppies’ funded home for a seriously injured Marine and his family in Somerset; the first of many Tower Poppy homes. The donated money represents over four years of fundraising effort doubling our purchasing ability. Being a beneficiary of The Tower Remembers project has enabled us to meet the demand we face to ensure every injured Service personnel receives the help and assistance they need.

Help for Heroes

'It’s all about the blokes' Help for Heroes inspire, enable and support those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential. www.helpforheroes.org.uk

Help for Heroes believes that any Serviceman or woman who suffers life changing injuries in the line of duty deserves the very best support for life. This is provided through grants to individuals, grant funding to other charities and organisations, and through the four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres across the UK. The Recovery Centres are open to both Serving personnel and Veterans and provide educational programmes, work placements and sporting activities to encourage independence, raise morale and develop camaraderie with others with shared experiences. They are still battling and will need our support for the rest of their lives.

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the nation's largest Armed Forces charity, providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. www.britishlegion.org.uk

The money raised from the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation is helping fund The Royal British Legion’s Admiral Nursing service, which offers specialist support, information and advice for the carers of people with dementia.

The service has been developed in partnership with Dementia UK, a national charity which promotes and develops Admiral nurses. The service aims to give family carers the necessary skills to assist with caring for people with dementia and promote positive approaches in living well with dementia and improving the quality of life.

SSAFA

SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force and their families. www.ssafa.org.uk

SSAFA was established in 1885 and was the only national military charity operating when World War One began. We believe our Forces deserve lifelong support, and provide practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served in the British Armed Forces, and their family members.

Funds raised by the Poppies in the Tower will enable SSAFA to continue its vital work supporting Forces and their families and will fund specialist services such as our support groups for families of the bereaved and injured and a mentoring scheme to support those in transition to civilian life.

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