FAQs

A: Why has the Fund been launched?

The First Battalion has been on three operational tours in the last three years and during the last tour in Afghanistan, the Regiment suffered 5 fatalities and 32 wounded, as well as an indeterminate number of psychiatric injuries, some of which may take over a decade to appear. We can confidently predict that there will be a marked increase in the number of welfare cases over the medium to long term and that we will be unable to resource them properly from our existing charitable funds, which are fully committed.

A: What will the proceeds be used for?

The next ten years promise to make extraordinary demands on the Regiment serving Grenadiers, their families and particularly those members of the Regiment who have left through disability or work-related illness. The Colonel's Fund Grenadier Guards is designed to support, alleviate and improve the prospects of all those Grenadiers and their families subsequently in need. Specifically it will enable the Regiment to:
» support the families of those killed in action by promptly responding to problems of bereavement and hardship.
» support those wounded or injured on operations, particularly those who have had to leave the Army; to assist in finding them new employment and to help them become active family and community members.
» support the families of those seriously wounded or injured in prolonged recovery situations.
Trustees will have wide discretion to use the fund to enhance the welfare of Grenadiers on operations and that of their families at home and to relieve hardship or distress, either generally or individually, of serving or former members of the Regiment and to provide grants to any other charity or charitable organisation associated with the Regiment. Furthermore, they will be able to use capital as well as income if they deem it appropriate.

A: Who are the Trustees?

The current Regimental Charity Trustees

A: Aren't there existing Regimental Charity Funds to meet these needs?

Whilst the Regiment and Association have charitable funds which are already used to support serving Grenadiers, Association members, regimental events, welfare and those in need, the Trustees are of the opinion that existing demands on these funds preclude any meaningful support of today's new and pressing needs without further fundraising.

A: Does the Fund duplicate the activities of others such as The Royal British Legion, SSAFA, the Army Benevolent Fund and Help for Heroes?

These funds are either Tri-Service or Army-wide and are, in most cases, currently fundraising for major infrastructure projects. However, bearing in mind that the some of their activities may overlap with those of The Colonel's Fund, the Trustees are conscious of the need to avoid duplication and will therefore appoint funds according to each individual case.

A: How does the Fund interface with the Government's Duty of Care?

Whilst the immediate and short-term 'duty of care' for wounded Grenadiers lies wholly with the Ministry of Defence and thereafter with appropriate Government Departments such as Health, Social Security and Employment, the Regiment wishes to continue to assist all Grenadiers and their families as it has done in the past.
The Regimental Charity should be at the heart of the recovery of all those Grenadiers and their families who have been affected by serious injury or disability by providing the right support at the right time in the right place.

A: How will the Fund set about raising money?

Fundraising will initially be on the basis of a year-long campaign finishing at the end of 2008. However, the Fund will remain open thereafter. The Regiment and our friends are the target of the appeal, which distinguishes it from larger-scale public appeals such as SSAFA, The Army Benevolent Fund and 'Help for Heroes'. A small executive committee will provide focus and coordination from within Regimental Headquarters but the actual fundraising will be largely decentralised to a number of project teams.

A: What is the role of The Colonel?

The Colonel has kindly agreed to be the Patron of the Fund Raising Appeal.

A: Who is the appeal aimed at?

The appeal is primarily aimed at serving and former members of the Grenadier Guards, their families and friends. While donations are welcome from members of the public, we do not wish this to be at the expense of other charitable organisations with broadly similar aims.

A: How can I raise money for the Fund?

We urgently need volunteers to run projects and come up with ideas.
So if you would like to help, please contact
the Regimental Adjutant (020 7414 3280; regtladjt@grengds.com)
or the Project Officer (020 7414 3281; projectofficer@grengds.com)
as soon as possible.

If you have any other questions - please refer them to Regimental Headquarters

A: How can I donate?

Click here to download a Donor Form
Either:
» Send a cheque to Regimental Headquarters made out to The Colonel's Fund Grenadier Guards.
or:
» Transfer a sum to our account by bank instruction or Internet Banking
or:
» By credit or debit card, donate a sum through www.bmycharity.com/ColsFundGrenGds
If you are a UK Tax payer, tax relief will be automatically credited to our account.
or:
» If you are registered on PayPal, you can send your donation to regtltreasurer@grengds.com
or:
» Instruct your bank to make a Standing Order/Direct Debit to the Fund.
Click here to download a Standing Order/Direct Debit Form
or:
» Through your Company's Payroll Giving Scheme.
Click here to download a Payroll Giving Scheme Form

For those of you who are Directors of plcs, limited companies or partnerships, you may like to consider a gift from your firm in addition to a personal contribution.

     Our account details are:
Lloyds TSB Bank plc,
Guards and Cavalry Branch,
PO Box 1190, 7 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NA
Account: The Colonel’s Fund Grenadier Guards
Account Number: 01963343 Sort Code: 30-11-75

A: Can I raise money for the Fund through auctions on eBay?

'The Grenadier Guards Regimental and Battalion Relief Charity' is registered as a charity on eBay. On the selling page, enter it in select charity and then register with MissionFish. Now select the percentage of your final sale price you wish to donate to The Colonel's Fund. After your item sells, your donation is paid into the Fund's bank account, along with Gift Aid (if you've ticked the box).

A: How do I set about Corporate Giving?

For sole traders or members of partnerships.
If you are a sole trader (an individual running an unincorporated business) or a member of a partnership, tax relief for gifts to charity are available to you as an individual and can be claimed on your Self-Assessment return. Gifts from businesses run as partnerships are treated as donations of an equal amount from each partner, unless partners specify something different.

For companies.
Gifts of money to UK Charities by companies are made before tax is deducted i.e. out of gross income or profits, and can be claimed against corporation tax as a charge against income.
Tax relief can only be claimed for the accounting period during which the gift is made.Relief is restricted to the amount of corporation tax profit for that accounting period. A donation to a UK charity cannot be used to create a loss for corporation tax purposes.

A: Can I gift shares to the Fund?

The Chancellor announced changes in the March 2000 budget that mean by making a gift of shares to the Fund it is possible to make a substantial tax saving not only on Capital Gains Tax but also on Income Tax as well.
Those who wish to donate via this method should, in the first instance, please contact Regimental Headquarters' Project Officer for more details - the Contact page on this website is an ideal place to start.

Income Tax Relief
The relief from Income Tax is available for the full market value of the shares on the date of disposal. In other words, you will not pay income tax on the equivalent amount of your annual income in the tax year the gift is made. This means that a higher rate taxpayer, making a gift of?10,000 worth of shares to the Fund will receive income tax relief of 40% of the full value i.e.?4000.
In order to qualify for the relief, the shares or securities must either be: Listed or dealt on a recognised stock exchange in the UK or elsewhere; or UK Authorised Unit trust; or UK open-ended investment company shares; or Certain foreign collective investment scheme holdings.

Capital Gains Tax Relief
In addition to Income Tax relief, there is also full relief from Capital Gains Tax, which means that in the hands of the Regimental Charity the gift is worth more than if you had sold the shares yourself. Your capital gains will be exempt from Capital Gains Tax and the Regimental Charity will pay no tax on the sale of the shares.

Practicalities
Gifts of shares are best transferred to the Fund by instructing your stockbroker. You will need to arrange copies of the share transfer documents for any gift of shares to support your claim for tax relief.

A: Are there tax efficient ways to give?

If you pay income tax to the equivalent of your donation, we qualify for Gift Aid relief.