The Lord Mayor’s Platinum Jubilee Big Curry

Thursday 7th April 2022

Get your tickets for the city's hottest event - raising funds to meet the current urgent need to support veterans of HM Armed Forces into employment

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.

A proportion of the funds raised will 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 60,000 people in 63 countries around the world; either by individual grants or through the 43 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 very proud to be on-hand from day one and then onwards into the Fleet, helping to deliver a better-lived experience for all those who serve. We are there to help with the turbulence of an increased operational tempo and the issues created through prolonged periods of deployment and separation. We help with amenities to improve social interaction both ashore and afloat as well as through sport and adventurous training.? We also provide expert support to galvanise family life and relationships, with specific help for children whose parents are deployed on operations and we aim to deliver stability and continuity where relationships have broken down.? Most serving personnel transition back into the civilian world without difficulty, but we work hard with those that struggle to avoid them becoming lonely, hidden or lost.? We will continue to work with the Naval Veteran community to explore ways that we can expand our assistance to deal with specific issues of need ensuring we promote independence and protect dignity for all. Our defining vision is of a world where every sailor, marine and their families are valued and supported, for life. 

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The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund supports 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.  In 2020 we spent over £26 million supporting more than 63,700 current and former members of the RAF and their families.


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