Give a Major Gift

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Only with the support of philanthropic individuals can we provide our highly specialised treatment and support to every Veteran who needs it.

We have seen a 28% increase in the number of ex-Service personnel seeking help for mental health difficulties, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), over the last year. This increase is mainly accounted for by a marked rise in those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and seek help for their psychological injuries.

Thanks to the support of people like you, we have been able to evolve our service, making it easier to access our world-class clinical treatments. However, demand is rising: 2,264 ex-Service men and women contacted us for help in 2014-2015.

How you can help
Recognising our Benefactors
Higher Rate Tax Payers
Special Events
Get in touch

With your help we could reach so many more Veterans who have yet to get the help they need and deserve.

How you can help

We have established a Benefactor programme for those who would like to support our work so generously and on a regular basis. To become a Combat Stress Benefactor we ask for a minimum annual gift of £5,000. This will support our core services, providing vital mental health support to Veterans which is free of charge, and without time limits.

In addition to the Benefactor Programme, we can work with you to identify a specific project or Combat Stress service that you can champion - we want our key supporters to invest in projects which they feel most passionate about.

Recognising our Benefactors

To keep you informed and connected with the work we are doing and to say a big thank you for your commitment we provide our Benefactors with the following:

  • Two tickets* to one of our Lectures, in either London or Edinburgh
  • Two tickets* to our Christmas Carol Service at the Royal Hospital Chelsea
  • Acknowledgement on our website and in our newsletter

We hope you will consider supporting our incredibly important work by joining our Benefactor programme.

Higher Rate Tax Payers

Individuals who pay tax at a rate of 40% or above, can claim the difference between the higher and basic rate on their donation to Combat Stress.

For example, if you contribute £5,000 to Combat Stress, we can claim Gift Aid to make your donation £6,250. If you pay 40% tax you can personally claim back £1,250 (£6,250 x 20%).

If you contribute £25,000 to Combat Stress, we can claim Gift Aid to make your donation £31,250. If you pay 40% tax you can personally claim back £6,250 (£31,250 x 20%).

For more information please visit HMRC's website. 

Special Events

We are pleased to offer unique experiences for philanthropists to understand our work. We hold a range of events throughout the year. For further information on our event programme please click here.

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Combat Stress Patron HRH The Prince of Wales in conversation with Combat Stress Ambassador Sir Patrick Stewart at Clarence House in 2014.

The Belgian Ambassador, His Excellency Guy Trouveroy and his wife Mrs Nathalie Trouveroy, with Lieutenant General Andrew Graham (Combat Stress Chairman), Dr Chai Patel (a Vice President of Combat Stress) and Penny Mordaunt MP (Minster for the Armed Forces) at the Belgian Ambassador's Residence in June 2015.

Get in touch

We want to hear from you. To sign up as a Benefactor, or for more information about making a Major Gift, please contact Nicky Wearing on 01372 587 155 or at

Thank you for your consideration.

 * Tickets to all events are subject to availability.

Please note that Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society is not currently registered for VAT.