Veterans Aid

History

Veterans Aid through the years – see VA’s Timeline for more past, present and future events:

1931 December: Advertisement placed by Mrs Huggins* in The Times. The advert didn’t attract any benefactors, but on 14 December 1931, Mrs Huggins received a letter from the Ministry of Works offering to let 59a, Belvedere Road for three months – at a rental of £1.

*A lucky escape in the Grand Harbour at Valletta, Malta, in 1924 led to the founding of the charity H10, now known as Veterans Aid. See more here.

1932 Our first home – canteen and recreation, called H10 opened at 59a Belvedere Road, Embankment.

1933 Report from period ended 31 March 1933 “Physical Training Class which meets twice a week has also proved a great success” – H10 Hostel and Night Shelter for the Destitute provided various activities for veterans.

1936 The audited cost of providing residents with three meals a day was just over £0.07 (7d pre-decimalisation).

1939 The film “SMITH” was made for the Embankment Fellowship Centre – now Veterans Aid. The idea was to raise awareness of the work that the charity undertook together with fundraising.

1951 The first TV set – September 1951, gratefully received from HMS Glasgow.

1954 Broadcast Appeal by actress (later Dame) Cicely Courtneidge realised £660. She visited Belvedere House hostel and joined men in a game of snooker.

1962 Actress (later Dame) Anna Neagle endorsed the EFC with a supporting thank you letter.

1973 HRH Princess Alexandra performed the official opening ceremony at New Belvedere House hostel.

1990 A saving of £6,000 on laundry was achieved at HH due to of the purchase of a washing machine.

1992 The purchase of a computer and printer for the headquarters was approved.

2007 The name of the charity was changed to “Veterans Aid” in order to reflect more accurately the nature of the work done. Initially it was known as the Embankment Fellowship Centre.

2007 HRH The Prince of Wales visited Veterans Aid’s flagship hostel New Belvedere House.

2011 Veterans Aid won the prestigious Institute for Turnaround Award.

2011 HRH The Duke of Kent made a private visit to Veterans Aid’s New Belvedere House hostel.

2014 War Requiem Concert at Royal Albert Hall for Veterans Aid marks centenary of WW1.

2014 ESI campaign support from: Prince William, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, Boris Johnson, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, James Blunt and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

2014 The Centre for Social Justice commends VA’s model ‘moving from welfare to well-being’.

2015 Redevelopment of New Belvedere House hostel begins.

2016 Former Veterans Aid employee, Lady Amelia Windsor, makes the cover of Tatler.

2016 Veterans Aid Completes First Stage of Hostel Refurbishment with Bloomberg’s Support.

2016 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Veterans Aid’s New Belvedere House hostel.