On Saturday the Babcock Trophy game between the Army and the Navy rugby teams will be raising money for the BFBS Big Salute.

Since it was launched in 2008, the Big Salute has raised more than £230,000 for Forces’ charities.

This year, a new cause has been added to the beneficiaries: Families Activity Breaks, which enables bereaved military children and spouses to get away from it all with people who’re in exactly the same boat.

BLESMA, which supports current or ex servicemen who’ve lost the use of limbs by encouraging amputees to help fellow amputees, continues to receive help from the BFBS campaign – as does Combat Stress, which, with each passing year receives record numbers of mental health referrals from the military community.

For almost a century, St Dunstan’s has been helping troops who’ve had their vision impaired in action. Not just initially, but with through-life support. The charity admits six hundred people every year.

The final good cause the Big Salute sends funds to is Veteran’s Aid which helps rehome those who find themselves homeless.

Author Andy McNab and Christina Schmid, the widow of bomb disposal expert SSgt Olaf Schmid have become patrons of the Big Salute, and the endeavour is heavily celebrity endorsed, with all sorts of desirable auction prizes which can be bid for online.

A new feature for people in the UK is a text-donation facility. And all across the forces world you’ll find ways to give – the biggest being the rattling of buckets at Twickenham. It’s hoped this level of exposure will bring in more cash for these forces charities than ever before.

To find out more please see: http://www.bfbs.com/bigsalute/

There’s a small word from Andy McNab on the BFBS Patrons page and see the video below of the event:

Andy McNab at 3 min: