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News relating to the activities and work of our ACO charity members. Please contact us if you would like to add news about your organisation here.


  • Blue plaque for Edith Smallwood - Plaque outside the Trust's offices in Malvern
    Blue plaque for Edith Smallwood

    In December 2018, the Mayor of Malvern unveiled a blue plaque in celebration of the life and work of Smallwood Trust’s founder, philanthropist Edith Smallwood. Miss Smallwood dedicated her life to helping women in Worcestershire and beyond. Significantly, this plaque will mark one of only 14% of blue plaques across the country that honour women.

  • Duchess of Sussex visits Brinsworth House - Duchess of Sussex with Chairman of the Royal Variety, Giles Cooper
    Duchess of Sussex visits Brinsworth

    The Royal Variety Charity was delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex to Brinsworth House on Tuesday 18th December 2018, where she was taken on a tour of the building by Chairman of the Royal Variety, Giles Cooper.

  • LGBT+ Group - Diverse group of people
    RBL launches LGBTQ+ Branch

    The launch of the new branch comes 19 years since the ban on gay and bisexual people serving in the UK Armed Forces was lifted. The LGBTQ+ and Allies Branch will be the Royal British Legion’s first ever LGBTQ+ branch and aims to recognise and remember the contribution of the LGBTQ+ community to the British Armed Forces.

  • Adult Skills Training - Participants receive tuition at the computer
    retailTRUST partners with Ufi Charitable Trust

    Ufi Charitable Trust is investing £50,000 through its VocTech Seed capital fund to develop one of the first major digital vocational learning initiatives in retail. The funding will help retailTRUST to ensure that the retail sector is future proofed, with a highly skilled and adaptive workforce while the industry experiences an unprecedented pace of change.

  • RAF Veterans - Former Spitfire pilot Squadron Leader Allan Scott, 96
    Find RAF National Service veterans in need

    This New Year's Day marked the 70th anniversary of the enactment of the National Service Act, which led to more than two million young men being conscripted into the British Armed Forces. On this anniversary, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF's leading welfare charity, is launching a public appeal to find National Service RAF veterans.

  • Racing Welfare - On the gallops
    Landmark partnership for Racing Welfare

    The agreement, which comes into effect in January 2019, will see The Racing Foundation award £3.89 million to Racing Welfare over the next three years, reflecting the charity’s position as the UK’s core provider of human welfare services for everyone living and working in the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industries.

  • Tractor - A tractor maintains a large field at sunset
    47% more grants given to working families

    The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution saw a huge 47% rise in the amount it paid to working farmers, farmworkers and their dependants last year, compared to 2017. The charity gave out grants of £437,825 to 215 working families in 2018, a significant increase on 2017’s figure of £297,000.

  • National Garden Scheme - Attractive dog sitting among snowdrops
    Gardens open for The QNI

    In June, Matthew Bradby, the QNI’s Head of Communications, is opening his garden to the public, to raise funds for nursing and caring charities. This is the third year that he has opened his garden as part of the National Garden Scheme, which was founded by the QNI in 1927.

  • Stephen W Green - A painting of two horses meeting in heaven
    PDT artist starting Master’s degree

    Artist Stephen Green is on the way to starting his Master’s degree thanks to the Police Dependents’ Trust who helped him after being seriously injured by a police horse. The PDT present Stephen's story in his own words.

  • Perennial Lifeline Garden - Plans for the garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2019
    Perennial Lifeline Garden at Chelsea 2019

    The Perennial Lifeline Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 is one of a series of show gardens and events designed to mark Perennial’s 180th anniversary this year.

  • Tobias Ellwood MP - Minister for Defence People and Veterans arrives at the House of Commons
    Minister says veterans not damaged

    Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood MP, says we must challenge false perceptions of veterans. The former Army officer, said: “That is a real challenge that we have, because too many people out there think because we served we are damaged.”

  • James Ainscough - Chief Executive at Help Musicians UK
    New Chief Executive at HMUK

    Help Musicians UK today announced that it has appointed James Ainscough as its permanent CEO. James joined HMUK in April 2018 and stepped up from his role as interim Financial Director into the position of interim CEO in July 2018.

  • Rehabilitation training - partnership between the Canal and River Trust and Help for Heroes
    200 supported to become job-ready

    Almost 200 veterans and serving Armed Forces have benefitted from an ongoing partnership between Help for Heroes and City & Guilds/ILM, which awards all qualifications as a gift in kind.

  • GroceryAid Day 2019 - Graphics for the campaign
    GroceryAid Day

    The national charity for the grocery industry is organising GroceryAid Day, an awareness initiative set to take place for the first time on Tuesday 26th February 2019. The annual event aims to make everybody who works in the grocery industry aware of the practical, emotional and financial support available to them.

  • Greenhouse - Indoor greenhouse with plants
    Asda funds care home greenhouse

    Employees at the Asda Bournemouth store have taken part in various fundraising events to raise money for a care home greenhouse. With support from the Asda Foundation, they recently presented a £679.99 cheque to staff from the Retired Nurses National Home (RNNH) run by Friends of the Elderly.

  • Russell Howard meets nurses of special edition of his show. - Melissa Heslop and Jenny Donnelly, winners of Cavell Nurses Trust #10kForNurses fundraising prize draw
    Superstar fundraising nurses meet comedian

    Two nurses, selected randomly from a prize draw recognizing participants in the charity’s #10kForNurses fundraising campaign, were invited to join Russell Howard for a special recording of the Russell Howard Hour.

  • CABA Courses - Graphics from the CABA website
    CABA launch new development courses

    CABA, the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association, have created two new courses for personal and professional development, adding to over 16 courses already available to ACA students, past and present ICAEW members and their families.

  • Community group - Mixed age and race group
    Bank Workers Charity's achievements

    BWC, the Bank Workers Charity have published their annual Trustee report and accounts for the last year, and highlight some of their achievements during this time.

  • Spanish Flag - Flag fluttering in the breeze
    Age in Spain receive grant to help soldiers

    ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has awarded a grant of £25,000 to Age in Spain. The grant will go towards providing information, casework and repatriation support to British soldiers, veterans and their families living in Spain.