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CHARITIES

As the film deals with many sensitive topics we have teamed up with a few charities to help spread the word and support for any and everyone who is, has or knows someone who is struggling.

FirstLight Trust was created to help former veterans get back on their feet. We prove to them they aren’t alone or too different to fit into civilian society. Together we work to build a sense of belonging and being valued. And we do this on their doorstep.

We work out what needs doing and how. We then use existing services if possible, or fund alternatives. Find out more in how we help.

The OppO Foundation has been established to help ex-military personnel, their families and dependants on their return to civilian life. Our objectives are to provide support in practical areas such as:

- Employment and self-enterprise

- Housing

- Education and training

- Health and wellbeing

However life in the military is very different to life as a civilian and support is also needed to help people survive the culture change.

It is also important to recognise that support is not a one-sided affair. The OppO Foundation provides support to military personnel returning to civilian life and also supports the civilian community to welcome and benefit from their return.

The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of rock band Queen’s iconic lead singer FREDDIE MERCURY who died in 1991 from AIDS.

In the last 21 years the Trust has given away over 15 million dollars in his name and funded over 700 projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDS.

We need your support to maintain our present donor level and to keep funding the desperately needed HIV/AIDS initiatives globally. Together, help us to use Freddie’s memory, his charisma and drive to eradicate this disease.

We give to a wide range of Education and Awareness projects, principally targeting young people in the developing world. The 18 million orphans who have lost one or both parents to AIDS are in desperate need of help as they struggle to survive and build their lives, often becoming ‘head of the family’ for their smaller siblings.

This disease impacts on the whole community, down to the grandparents who find themselves caring for their dead children’s children. They too need aid and information. The way to combat this disease is through knowledge.

Although we give to the large NGOs and well known charities, the greater part of our funding goes direct to small grassroots organisations which the bigger charities tend to overlook, and where we feel the recipients will achieve value for money.

The projects we fund are spread across the globe and in total we have now given to projects in 57 countries – wherever we can help we do.

In 1986, the architect Robert Grace died of AIDS and in 1987 the Robert Grace Trust was set up by his friends in his memory to provide immediate practical help to people with HIV/AIDS and their carers. Run by volunteers, the Robert Grace Trust has since then provided £700K via the RGT Hardship Fund, to those they wish to help. 

Channelled initially through the HIV/AIDS counsellors at London’s Middlesex and Royal Free Hospitals, were extended in 2000 to two South African carer organisations - Nkosi’s Haven and Community Action - in Johannesburg, and in 2004 to St Paul's Children’s Rescue Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Bloomsbury Network was set-up in 1999 by two patients on a volunteer basis to improve engagement with clinical services, improve the patient experience, provide up to date information and offer emotional support to patients.

We educate patients and those close to them about the latest advances in HIV care and treatment. We support people to live well with HIV and are committed to challenging stigma, ignorance and misinformation, wherever they are found.

Help for Heroes supports those with injuries and illnesses attributable to their service in the British Armed Forces. No matter when someone served, we believe that those prepared to put their lives second, deserve a second chance at life.

Every course and activity we offer aims to empower them to look beyond illness and injury, regain their purpose, reach their potential and have a positive impact on society.

Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.

We recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and want to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in sustaining their independence through new sustainable careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.

The outcome? Sustainable employment, and independence for them and their families.