Army Of Angels
Army Of Angels
Army of Angels provides direct assistance to individuals that have been injured in ANY UK involved conflict. We help these individuals with anything that may alleviate hardship.
Back in 1992 its Founder, Stephen Valentine, returned to civilian life after serving 4 years as a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport, during which time he was deployed on active service to the Gulf and came under attack from SCUD missiles. In common with many others returning from conflict zones he suffered major problems as a result of his experiences, eventually being diagnosed with depression and placed on a cocktail of antidepressants which did little to alleviate the symptoms. After several years of struggling alone he was offered a place at a treatment centre run by Combat Stress, and while he was there he had the opportunity to meet and mix with a wide variety of ex-service personnel including a World War II veteran who was one of the skin graft "Guinea Pigs", who still returned for regular respite and rehab, and a Falklands War veteran who had found it impossible to adjust to civilian life and had become a virtual recluse in his flat, which had very few of even the most basic necessities that make life more bearable. This stay proved to be a turning point for Stephen as he quickly came to realise that he wasn’t the only one suffering in this way, and he was so moved by the experience he determined to do whatever he could to improve the lives of such people - and Army of Angels was the result.
Unlike some of the larger military related charities Army of Angels operates on an individual grant basis, offering help to any individual who has served in any of the British armed forces and been injured - either physically, medically or psychologically - in any conflict the UK has been involved in since as far back as World War II. Grants are given towards such things as alterations to the home to improve accessibility and practicality, household necessities and personal items to improve the comfort or quality of life, rehabilitation equipment and artificial limbs to help the wounded return to wellness, and - in some cases - retraining opportunities. It also offers free of charge respite breaks to our brave injured troops and their immediate families in its 3 holiday homes in Dorset, one of which caters for those needing activities for younger family members and the other two providing more peaceful surroundings for those who need to get away from it all.
Army of Angels is completely separate from all other charities and does not receive funding from any forces organisations. It has just 6 full time employees, 2 of whom run its charity shops, and some 40 volunteers - 20 local and 20 more widespread - who help with fund raising by organising events, servicing collection boxes and helping in the shops. Charitable status was awarded in 2010 and since then more than 250 service personnel and their immediate families have been helped with grants ranging for £200 to £7,000+.
The Army of Angels is committed to helping make life easier for injured British Forces personnel and their families in whatever way it can, and its ability to assist is constrained only by the funds available to enable it to meet their needs. Any support you might be able to offer, however small the donation, would be greatly appreciated by all concerned.
Army Of Angels aims to:
- To provide direct assistance to our injured service personnel by means of household necessities, disability conversions, relief/prevention of poverty and general alleviation of hardship.
Established: February 2009
Registered Charity Number: 1143612
Board members: 7
Full time staff: 5
Part time staff: 1
Phone number: 01684 295254
Address: Unit 27 Cotteswold Dairy Estate Northway Lane Tewkesbury Gloucestershire GL20 8JEView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website