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Benevolent Funds

Royal Irish Regiment

The Ulster Defence Regiment

The Benevolent Fund exists to provide assistance to those former members of the Regiment and their dependants who are in need, as a consequence of sickness, disability, accident, infirmity, poverty or other adversity.

All applications and supporting documentation are accepted without prejudice, and decisions, while at the absolute discretion of the Trustees, are based on need being adequately demonstrated, and the type of assistance requested being permitted under the Benevolent Fund Trust Deed.

An application submitted through the Aftercare Service will be processed by the Benevolent Fund Office with the decision and any relevant paperwork being returned to the Aftercare Service to enable them to advise the applicant accordingly.

The Royal Irish Regiment Benevolent Fund

was established as a charitable trust in 1992 on the formation of the Regiment. The aim is to render aid, financial or otherwise, to soldiers and veterans, their widows and/or dependants who are in need or in financial difficulties.

This fund is managed by a number of Trustees who are either still serving, retired or closely associated with the Royal Irish Regiment and its antecedent formations.  All former soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment or any of its predecessor, whether General Service, Home Service or Territorial Army/Reservist, together with their dependants, are eligible for assistance.  This might include helping veterans to improve their chances of success in civilian employment, to provide opportunities for veterans to keep in touch through organised activities and to foster and further the well-being of the Regiment. 

The Trustees have a legal duty of care to ensure that the fund is managed prudently and effectively in meeting its charitable objectives and with due consideration of its long-term viability. To ensure that applications for help are properly processed, caseworkers from the Aftercare Service Field Teams or staff from Regimental Headquarters will conduct an assessment of need. An application for support may then be submitted to the Trustees, who will exercise discretion granted to them under the terms of the Trust Deed in deciding whether or not the application meets the fund’s charitable objectives. Support provided by the fund is then administered by RHQ R IRISH or by the Aftercare Service as intermediaries for the Trustees. Applications for benevolent support should be submitted to RHQ R IRISH directly or via the Aftercare Service.

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