The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 2021

Not just a Lunch - but three months of fundraising for veterans

(1st February - 29th April)

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch is one of the City of London’s biggest fundraisers supporting all members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is achieved through the three National Service Charities; 

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

From 2019 – 2021,  proportion of the funds raised will be focus on a specific and worthwhile theme – employability. Aligning the Lunch with the Civic and Mayoral theme of employment, which in the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic, is more important than ever.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the national charity of the British Army, providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need. 

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity works hard to ensure that all soldiers and veterans of the British Army, and their immediate families, are afforded the independence and dignity they deserve. We make grants to individuals and to a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world. 

Last year, we helped 70,000 people in 68 countries around the world; either by individual grants or through the 92 charities we support. In 2019, we celebrated 75 years of support for the Army family since our inception in 1944.

By attending The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch today, you have helped


The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy. It works hard to ensure that sailors, marines and their families exist in a world in which they remain supported, for life.

Throughout the last decade, the RNRMC has distributed over £60 million across the Naval Service. From life changing grants during times of immediate need, to smaller deployment grants that aide morale and retention - the RNRMC works hard to ensure that no one is forgotten.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the leading welfare charity supporting current and former members of the RAF, their partners and families, providing practical, emotional and financial support, whenever they need us.

We are committed to getting them through the toughest times, whatever life may send their way. From the youngest child to the oldest veteran, we’ll consider any request for assistance, however big or small, providing a tailor-made approach to each individual situation.


Last year we spent over £21 million supporting more than 53,000 current and former members of the RAF and their families. However, we know there are many more people who would benefit from our help and personal pride or lack of awareness must not prevent members of the RAF Family contacting us if they are in need. It is our mission to find those people and ensure they get the support they need.

For three years, starting with the April 2019 Lunch, the proceeds will fund veterans of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces to be able to take part in the new King Edward VII’s (KEVII) Centre for Veterans’ Health (CVH) Pain Management Programme (PMP).

CVH PMP is unique in that it is designed solely for veterans. The purpose is to address the individual issues, both physical and psychological, involving pain that prevent a veteran from leading a full life. The CVH team has found that chronic pain is the most significant barrier to a veteran being able to find and sustain meaningful employment, which is the ‘backbone’ of their future wellbeing and impacts on every other aspect of their personal lives and their families.

It costs £6,500 to fund the PMP for one veteran.  For each of the three years 2019 to 2021, a contribution of £120,000 from the proceeds of the LMBCL will fund 18 veterans on the PMP.

In contributing to the PMP, 100% of the money raised at successive LMBC Lunches will pay for individual veterans to join and complete the Programme at no cost to themselves. This will still allow the LMBCL to make a significant contribution each year to fund other programmes that support employment and employability and the wider work of the three National Service Charities.