Formerly Known As St.Dunstans

Supporting blind ex-Service men and women

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For almost a century, St Dunstan’s has been giving invaluable physical and emotional support to blind and visually impaired ex-Service men and women. On the 21st feb 2012 St. Dunstan's changed there name and became Blind Veterans Uk

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

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A very worthy cause.
Excalibur Unit Has Worked very closely and helped with the fundraising for the Royal British Legion over the past 8 years.
With this year our team raised over £8300.00 for this very worthy cause.

Fishing For Heroes

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Fishing For Heroes provide therapy and support for both veterans and serving military personnel from the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Combat Fatigue and any other mental or emotional disorder due to active service. they have no restrictions with regards to the theatre of war the veterans took part in;

Veterans Aid

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The charity Veterans Aid has been helping ex-servicemen and women in crisis for 80 years - its philosophy is to offer a 'hand up' not a hand out' .
Veterans Aid exists to help you if you are in crisis, homeless or likely to become homeless.
It doesn't matter if you served in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force or Merchant Service and need help, It doesn’t matter when you served, or for how long.

Pilgrim Bandits

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They raise funds through their challenges, their aim being is to take members of the public into an unknown environment and Challenge themselves, find out what they are made of ? while still retaining the main quality needed a sense of humour. What ever the Challenge brings for each Challenger the one thing they may each take away with them, is the fact that they will be tested.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust

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The Gurkha Welfare Trust helps Gurkha ex-servicemen who served the British Crown, and their dependants, who are in poverty or distress.
They also provide medical care for retired Gurkhas and their families
Excalibur Unit /Supporting Our Heroes Trustees Have Donated another £5000 for thier earthquake disaster fund to re-build x2 Gurkha veterans houses. sept 2015

Combat Stress

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Combat Stress specialise in the care of Veterans' mental ill health.They are supporting over 200 Veterans who served in the Falklands War and who, 30 years on, are still suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, paranoia or depression from what they endured in battle.

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TROOP AID

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When injured troops return to the United Kingdom from the war zones they arrive back without their personal effects or clothing. The objective of TROOP AID is to supply the ‘basic essentials’ when service casualties return from serving their country overseas. It costs £25.00 to make up one of Thier GRAB BAGS.
Excalibur Unit/Supporting Our Heroes Have Sponsored oer 200 Grab Bags so far.

Fisher House U.K.

When we speak to families, they tell us that when they hear their loved one is injured they just want to get to Birmingham as soon as possible, without any thought about where they will stay when the get there. Fisher House will be There for them: a “home away from home” within walking distance of the Queen Elizabeth hospital Birmingham.
At Fisher House military patients can get out of the ward and spend time with families, friends and colleagues in a non-clinical environment.
Excalibur Unit / Supporting Our Heroes Have previously Donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and are also Sponsoring a room at Fisher House Birmingham.

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The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust Care Home

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Pembroke House is an outstanding care home, owned and managed by the RNBT; located in Gillingham, Kent - not far from the historic dockyard in Chatham - it is home to some 50 older members of the RNBT Family.

Help For Heroes

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Their mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families.
Excalibur unit raised over £16000.00 for H.4.H. Before becoming our own registered charity in 2011

The Heroes Clinic

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‘Hero’s Clinic’, over 200 of our therapist members across the country have signed up to provide services to ex-service men and women at a reduced cost. The 'Hero’s Clinic' campaign is designed to help ex-service men and women live a healthier and more fulfilling lives by providing them with a full range of services.
They provide the UK with a huge support network, enabling those in distress to find a therapist who offers low cost services close to them and appropriate for their needs.
The search facility on the site means you simply type in your postcode or town and the site produces a list of all the therapists in that area.

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The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

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They provide a spectrum of care, supporting everyone from children growing up on RAF stations, to those serving today to keep our skies safe, to the veterans who fought for our freedom.

Haig Homes

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Haig Homes is the leading UK provider of rental housing for ex-service people. The largest estate is in Morden with over 270 homes.
Excalibur Unit/Supporting Our Heroes has recently completed our latest project, by replacing the boundary fencing and supports to the Tennis Court / Recreational Area of the Haig Homes Housing Estate in Morden. This gives the residents a chance to come together as a community, as well as prompting good health.

Army Cadet Force

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Excalibur Unit funded a five day visit and stay at the War And Peace Show 2012 for a group of Army cadets from south west london.
This was of great benefit to the cadets, giving them an insite into how the armed forces from around the world have progressed through the years.

Local veterans Day out at the War And Peace Show.

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For the 9th year running, Excalibur Unit will be organising a day trip for 10 veterans from Croydon's Royal British Legion to have their annual visit to the War And Peace Show.
They will have their annual convoy around the site and will be looked after in the Victory marque throughout the day with entertainment from the Swingtime Sweethearts and many other acts. On this special occasion they will celebrate and remember the 70th anniversary of V.E.day..

Veteran's Replacement Medal

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This is the second time the Excalibur unit has been involved in replacing a lost medal, the first was a medal to a Falklands veteran from the Parachute Regiment, back in 2009.
On Friday 7th June in front of several members of his family, the Chairman of the Charity Excalibur Unit/Supporting Our Heroes,Mr Des Read presented Corporal Allan Dellaway from New Addington who served with the Royal Pioneer Corps with a General Service Medal and the “Near East clasp” which Mr Dellaway had lost during a move several years ago. This was one of Mr Dellaways most prized possessions, all he had left was part of its original ribbon. With little money he could not afford to replace his medal without help.

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The Army of Angels provides direct and indirect support to members of the UK's armed forces who have been injured, physically or mentally, while serving their country in conflicts around the world.

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resolution / rebuilding lives

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The PTSD Resolution outreach programme helps Veterans, TA and Reservists struggling to reintegrate into a normal work & family life because of military post traumatic stress suffered as a result of service in the armed forces.

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Hounds for Heroes

The purpose of "Hounds for Heroes" is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Civilian Emergency Services. Through this provision their aims are to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life.

Funeral Costs

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We Have also helped a young widow and her family with the costs towards the young veterans funeral, over the christmas period.
A sad loss for a partner at any time of year.

Erskine Homes

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They offer a unique quality of care with the provision of physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and podiatry on site.
Their strength lies in the very special blend of dedicated care, compassion and understanding we offer to our residents and their families.
we provide unrivalled rehabilitation, nursing and dementia care in our homes throughout Scotland.

The Royal Star And Garter Homes

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Our Latest Beneficiary.
The Royal Star & Garter Homes provides outstanding nursing and therapeutic care to the ex-Service community.
We are proud to provide help finance the sensory gardens for veterans respite and for helping with therapeutic care and provide more ex-Service men and women with the special care and attention they need and deserve.

George Arthur Knowland

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Excalibur Unit's Team Have Also Donated Funds To Help With The Restoration Of A Broken Memorial Dedicated To One Of Croydons Local War Heroes, "George Knowland V.C".
George Arthur Knowland VC (16 August 1922 – 31 January 1945) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross during the Second World War, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Knowland was born on 16 August 1922 in Catford, Kent and attended Elmwood Primary School in Croydon. He joined the British Army, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, in 1940 as a private and was commissioned before the end of the next year.
At 22 years old, and a lieutenant in the Royal Norfolks but now attached to No. 1 Commando in Burma, he took part in the Battle of Hill 170 where he was to earn the VC

Folkestone Gurkha Memorial Fund

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Since the year 2000, Shorncliffe and Risborough Barracks in Folkestone have been the permanent home of the second battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.
Despite being one of the most renowned and respected parts of the British Army, there is currently no permanent memorial in the world , marking their contribution to the UK and the distinguished service to Britain dating back over 200 years. Over 46,000 Gurkhas have died in service of the Country, and 13 Victoria Crosses have been awarded to Gurkhas in the British Army.
Excalibur Unit / Supporting Our Heroes first came across the Ghurkhas fundraising for the Folkestone memorial fund at Folkestones worlds largest military show, The War and Peace Revival.
The Gurkhas had raised the £50,000 needed for the memoral, but was then told they needed an extra £5,000 for inflation costs,
Excalibur unit Trustees and team decided we would like to help, so on Friday 18th July 2014 at the War and Peace Revival we presented Dhan Gurung the chairman of the fundraising charity a cheque for the remaining £5,000 to complete their fundraising task.
We found this a great privilege and honour,We believe that there should be a unique memorial in Folkestone to the contribution of the Gurkhas, marking our respect for their service, and also the positive role they are playing as a part of the wider community.
As prices have soared for the memorial, Excalibur unit Trustees and team on the 26th july 2015 decided we would like to donate a further £5000.00
The memorial statue will be unvailed on the 4th October 2015.

Veteran's Replacement Medals

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Excalibur Unit helped with the replacement medals for a Mr Rochford from North Ayrshire who misplaced his treasured medals but could not afford to replace them.General Service Medal, Clasp Northern Ireland, Gulf War Medal with Clasp, Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait
We felt this was an honour to have helped another one our Ex-serving Heroes. Mr Rochford who served in the Kings Own Scottish Boarderers can now join ranks at his remembrance services and parades, also he can wear them proudly at his Daughters wedding in November.

Normandy Veteran's Association

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On Thursday 16th October 2014 The Normandy veteran's Association will be laying up their National Standard in St.Margaret's Chapel Westminster, because of the advanced age of the 13 veteran's from the Hull Branch it would be very difficult for them to travel down to London and return on the same day.
The Veteran's have not worked for quite some years and rely on financial help from organisations such as ours,
Excalibur Unit was more than willing and found it an honour to pay for all their travel arrangements and 2 nights accommodation stop in Watford.
This will be their final event in the prestigious history of their association.

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Tower Of London Remembers

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The Tower of London, marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War.
The Tower of London Remembers project will help 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.

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Army Benevolent Fund / The Soldiers Charity

They are The Soldiers’ Charity. We give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. They risk so much for us, but for them, it’s just doing their job. In return, they provide financial assistance when they are in real need. That’s what they have been for to offer for 70 years.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity are for soldiers, for life. They provide financial assistance to all soldiers and their families when in need. Even when a soldier leaves the Army they are still part of our family and eligible for our help. The scope of their work is huge.
money is given direct to individuals to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, carehome fees and respite breaks.

Somerset Legion House

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Their Break services are available to serving or ex-Service men or women and/or their dependants who are in genuine need of a break.

Guests at Somerset Legion House are able to relax within a safe, comfortable, friendly environment whilst enjoying the break they deserve.

Contact your local Legion office to apply, call our helpline on 0808 802 8080 for more information

Veterans fencing for extra security

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We helped an Ex-serving R.E.M.E. who's fence was blown down and damaged over the winter . He then have large gaps in his front garden fence which made it so easy for his children to run out on to the road.
Every time he hears his front door open it brings on panic attacks as he is frightened his children nay have run out of the house and also worry about people just walking into his garden.
We contacted his local authority to see if they could help, unfortunately they could not so that is where we came to his rescue.
Mr W Reply " This has taken a huge weight off my shoulder. I feel much more secure and safe knowing my children can't just run out and the same with my dogs. It's also helped my ptsd knowing that I can now hear the gate open of someone is approaching the house. Gives me a real sense of security".

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War Veteran's mobility vehicle and the electric hoist

We Helped Mr Skeel from West Sussex with the funding for a mobility vehicle and the electric hoist.
This will enable Mr Skeel to get out and about more easy.

The London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled

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The London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled, also known as the Taxi Charity, was formed in Fulham in 1947.
Their aim now is simple: to work for the benefit, comfort and enjoyment of the war disabled and veterans, to the best of our ability.
Excalibur Unit /SUPPORTING OUR HEROES donation will help them to pay part of the outstanding bill from the trip they have just returned from taking 160 veterans to Holland in 96 London Taxis.

Poppy Scotland

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We work very closely with the Royal British Legion, during the Poppy appeal period all of our raised funds go directly to the Poppy appeal.
Our Charity fundraising team has recently been fundraising in Scotland and thought it was only fitting that the funds raised should help towards a Scottish military charity.

Forces Children's Trust

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As a charity they are devoted to working together to help children in need whose father or mother has died, or has sustained life threatening injuries, whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces.

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War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust is the charity that works for the protection and conservation of war memorials across the UK.

There are estimated to be over 100,000 war memorials in the UK. Many of these are treasured but sadly others are neglected and vandalised or left to suffer the effects of ageing and weathering. This is where War Memorials Trust comes in. We want to ensure each and every memorial is preserved and the memory of the individuals recorded, whether they be from past or present conflict, civilian or service personnel, remembered.

Broughton House... Home for Ex-Serving Men And Women.

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We are the sole independent provider of nursing and residential care for veterans of the armed forces and merchant navy in the North West. We are incredibly proud to have served those who have served their country since 1916 and we are currently planning developments that will safeguard the future of caring for veterans for another century.

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Veterans at Ease

They provide therapy and support through a technique called neuro-linguistic programming or NLP. They currently have three offices, one in Jarrow (South Tyneside), one in Durham City (County Durham) and one in Newton Aycliffe (South Durham, Tees Valley). Their therapy is provided free of charge by Their trained therapists (all of whom have suffered themselves, been through treatment with Veterans at Ease and then gone on to qualify as therapy practitioners themselves).

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WW1 Veteran's replacement Medals

Excalibur Unit was contacted by 88 year old ww2 war veteran Mr Thomas Stevens from Croydon regarding his late father, also Mr Thomas Stevens ww1 medals.

These medals were stolen from his late mothers home a short while ago.Mr Stevens Senior born 1898 served with the Royal Marines Light Infantry from the age of 17 years in June 1916 until Aug 1919. X2 Medals for replacement, The Victory Medal and the British War Medal.Excalibur Unit/Supporting Our Heroes set into action and traced his late fathers war records and medal entitlement. It was an honour for us to present themt to Mr Stevens junior on sat 14th may 2016 at the Croydon branch of the Royal British Legion, The medals were also plced in a presentation case for safe keeping. Mr Stevens junoir can now wear his fathers medals along side his own medals on remembrance services.

Help for Normandy War Veteran

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Excalibur Unit / Supporting Our Heroes Helped Normandy War Veteran return to Normandy, in his own words for the the last time.
His Flight, Transfers, Accommodation, and Travel Insurance Documents all paid for by Excalibur Unit for his Normandy trip.

It was an Honour and a privilege for us to help.

Cyril went to the 360 degree Cinema in Arromanches where there is a plaque to those who served on the Algerine Minesweeper Fleet on D-Day.
He laid a VC wreath in remembrance of his mates who cannot be here. An emotional moment......

It means so much to our Veterans to be able to come back here and remember their buddies. It is our duty and a huge privilege to help them to do this!