Benevolent Fund Provides for UDR Veterans in Need

ULSTER Defence Regiment veterans in Northern Ireland who have fallen on hard times and need assistance, are being asked to contact the Ulster Defence Regiment Benevolent Fund to seek help.

As the temperatures begin to fall and energy prices continue to rise alongside the cost of living, the Benevolent Fund is urging former members of the Ulster Defence Regiment and their dependents who are in need to contact the Fund.

The Benevolent Fund, a registered charity, provides support to these former members of the Ulster Defence Regiment and their dependents who are affected by illness, disability, infirmity, poverty or other adversity.

Brian Kennedy, Secretary of the UDR Benevolent Fund explains more about the Fund; “The Benevolent Fund has been providing support for 50 years to the Ulster Defence Regiment community.

“The Ulster Defence Regiment existed between 1970 and 1992; as a result, the majority of the tens of thousands that served are now that bit older and can find themselves in circumstances not of their making.

“It is vital that former members and their dependent families receive the help they need. The Fund is there is provide support, be it in the form of life-changing assistance such as specialised medical equipment, home adaptations to financial assistance with food vouchers, oil fills and even to help keep a roof over their heads.”

“Whilst we understand that some may be reluctant to ask for help, we really would encourage people to get in touch if they are struggling. All applications are dealt with in the strictest confidence by fully trained and highly knowledgeable professional case workers who complete all relevant paperwork on an individual’s behalf.”

The UDR Benevolent Fund was established in 1972 to ensure those who served or their dependents who are in need would be looked after in years to come. In 1992, the Regiment was confined to the history books, but the Fund continues to help those in need, annually providing help and support in the region of £400,000.

To find out how the UDR Benevolent Fund can assist, please phone 077 2067 7838 or email

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