RIFT is honoured to work closely with ABF The Soldiers' Charity, bringing much-needed support to Armed Forces personnel and their families in times of hardship or bereavement. Here's a quick round-up of some of this month's ABF news and events:

2 years on and going strong: ABF’s partnership with Vitax

Vitax Limited is among the UK’s top garden and horticultural product manufacturers. A staunch supporter of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity since 2017, the company has announced its continued partnership into 2019.

Vitax’s support has raised over £10,000 for the charity in its first year alone through the sale of special promotional fertiliser packs. The promotion sees 20p going to The Soldiers’ Charity from the sale of every 2.5kg pack of Q4 fertiliser.

Vitax chairman Paul Gooding says: “Choosing to support The Soldiers’ Charity for a second year was an easy decision, as we see on a daily basis the difference the donation makes to the charity’s beneficiaries. We are very excited for the coming year, as pre-season sales of Q4 pelleted fertiliser are up on last year - which hopefully means we will be able to match if not exceed last year’s donation.”

New garden honours Armed Forces veterans suffering chronic pain

Designed by Gianna Utilini of the Society of Garden Engineers, a new garden recently unveiled by HRH The Duke of Kent and the Lord Mayor of the City of London aims to illustrate the plight of British veterans dealing with physical and emotional pain. Built as a maze, it symbolically represents a journey from darkness into light, featuring obstacles and challenges along the way.

The garden, located at London’s Guildhall, was created in support of next month’s Lord Mayor’s annual Big Curry lunch. This event will be focused on Edward VII’s Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health, whose pain management programme is specifically built to address the suffering of Armed Forces veterans.

The Big Curry Lunch takes place on the 4th of April 2019, with tickets costing £100. Entry includes unlimited curry, beer and wine. You can book your places here.

Colchester Mayor’s Curry & Quiz Evening: 21st of March

After the roaring popularity of last year’s event, the Mayor’s Curry and Quiz night is back in Colchester. Supported charities for the event are ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Essex Wildlife Trust, Colchester Emergency Night Shelter, Action for Family Carers, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity.

A ticket will run you £80 for a team of up to 4 people, with a small online booking fee on top. Space is limited, though, so book early to avoid missing out. Don’t forget to include the name of your team!

A few key details:

  • Tickets include a 1-course Gurkha curry buffet.
  • Prize for the 1st Place Team.
  • The bar is pay-as-you-go.
  • There is parking and disabled access.

For any dietary requirements please ring on 01206 817105 or email: eastanglia@soldierscharity.org


When: 21 March 2019, 6:30-10:30pm

Where: Quayside Gurkha Restaurant and Bar, Haven Road , Colchester, Essex, CO2 8HT

Dorset Big Curry Lunch: 31st of March
Speaking of curry, why not come along on the 31st March to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Dorset Committee’s 5th annual Big Curry Lunch at Bryanston School. This year, Julian Fellowes will be holding a conversation with committee member Major General John Stokoe. Julian is an actor, director, screenwriter, novelist and Conservative peer of the House of Lords.

Lunch will be prepared by Bryanston chefs and served in the dining hall. If curry’s not your thing, rest assured that other options are available. In addition to the food, there’ll be a silent auction and raffle, plus a cash bar with wine, beer and soft drink options. Download your invitation here.

When: 31 March 2019, 12:30-4pm

Where: Bryanston School, Blandford , Dorset, DT11 0PX

Ticket price: £25

Those are our top picks for current and upcoming ABF events and updates. Visit https://www.soldierscharity.org for more information, and be sure to check out their online shop. Once you're done there, come back and watch this space for more from the charity next month.