The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has continued its tradition of supporting military charities with a donation of £74,500 to the RAF Benevolent Fund. The grant, which was made in November, will help the Fund to continue its work supporting RAF personnel, veterans and their families living in Scotland.
Buster Howes, Chief Executive of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “2020 was a challenging year for all of us. However, as a charitable organisation we’re committed now more than ever to continue to support the projects that support us and help to sustain the Tattoo and all that lies behind it. To be able to donate this sum of money, despite the challenges we faced last year is an incredibly proud moment for me and is testament to the hard work of the whole team.”
In the last six months, the Fund has spent almost £1.6M helping beneficiaries living in Scotland. Support includes more than 160 financial assistance and independent living grants for things like mobility equipment, stairlifts and care in the home.
Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Chief Executive at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “Once again, we were delighted to have the Tattoo’s support in 2020 perhaps more than any other, as it was and continues to be such a very difficult time for everyone, not least the amazing RAF veterans and dependants we are proud to serve thanks to the Tattoo’s generous support in Scotland.”
Eight armed forces charities benefitted from the Tattoo’s charitable support, sharing £300,000. As well as the Fund, grants were made to ABF the Soldier’s charity and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
The team behind the Tattoo are busy planning for the 2021 Show, putting on a safe and unforgettable event that allows for social distancing and Covid-safety measures.