UDR fund offers help to former soldiers

Benevolent fund 'reaching out' to ex-soldiers who served in the Uster Defence Regiment
Benevolent fund 'reaching out' to ex-soldiers who served in the Uster Defence Regiment

The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) Benevolent Fund is reaching out to former soldiers in Ballymena and the surrounding areas and asking them to come forward if they have fallen on hard times and are in need of assistance.

The fund provides welfare support services to veterans, their families and other stakeholders in the veterans’ community.

Wesley Duncan, Chairman of the UDR Benevolent Fund explains: “The Ulster Defence Regiment Benevolent Fund exists to provide assistance to former members of The Ulster Defence Regiment and their dependants who are in need because of sickness, disability, accident, infirmity, poverty or other adversity.

“Help can come in many different forms, for example through food vouchers, an oil fill or even a specialised bed if this is required and cannot be self-financed.

“We are trying to reach out to those who may have forgotten about us or may not have needed our help in the past. There is absolutely no cap to what we do.

“If required, we can even call upon the help of some of our more specialised sister organisations for further aid.

“Need can be anything from someone who has fallen on hard times and has to choose between heating and eating, to someone who is ill and needs specialist equipment to help improve the quality of their life.”

The fund was established in 1972 to ensure those who served would be looked after in years to come.To find out more about the UDR Benevolent Fund, please phone 02890 420 137 or email office@udrbenfund.com.