Northern Ireland Branch
The Not Forgotten Association was founded
by the Late Miss Marta Cunningham CBE, in
1920, and is a registered charity.
Miss Cunningham, a famous singer, was horrified to find so many wounded servicemen lying injured in hospitals up and down the country a year after the terrible carnage of the Great War. HR.H Princess Mary became the Association's first patron and remained so for the rest of her life. She was succeeded by HR.H The Duchess of Kent who has since been succeeded by HR.H Princess Anne.
In 1926 the Association officially defined its task as being "to provide comfort, cheer and entertainment, for the wounded ex service person as a result of the Great War". Over the years our task has been adopted to meet the changing needs of those injured in more recent conflicts around the world.
The N.I. Branch is an autonomous voluntary Branch of this organisation and was formed in January 1930 by the Late Lord Dunleath and the Late Sir Frederick Moneypenny.
There are thousands of disabled ex service personnel in N1. They have been injured in conflicts around the globe over many decades. The NFA is able to give them some "extras" which most of us take for granted. The NFA provides entertainment and recreation for ex service disabled. There are many whose disabilities make it difficult for them to ever take a holiday. Every year hundreds of disabled ex service personnel and War Pensioners are able to take part in either a group holiday or outing.
The elected Office bearers manage the day to day operations of the Branch on a voluntary basis and at no cost to the Branch. All the Office Bearers are ex Service personnel or a family member of a service person, i.e. a widow. Committee meetings are held quarterly with an AGM being held in May each year.
Our auditors are Price WaterhouseCooper.
As with all charitable organisations to continue the good work that we do we need the support of those in the community. We receive no funding from the Government and provide our activities and services with the generosity of donations from the local community, and the services of our volunteers. The Association acts for the benefit of the Disabled ex Service and those in receipt of a War Pension.
Every year hundreds of disabled ex service personnel
and War Pensioners are able to take part in either a
group holiday or outing.
Current areas of activities are as follows:
The provision of home entertainment for
disabled ex service confined to their homes or
who are in hospital or Special Care Homes.
- The provision of outings and entertainment
for disabled and wounded service and ex-
service patients in hospitals and special homes.
In N1 we work very closely with the Somme
Nursing Home in East Belfast.
- The provision of travel and holidays for the
disabled ex-service. These include trips to the
Edinburgh Tattoo, Trooping the Colour,
Wimbledon Tournament, local concerts and
theatre events, lunch get-2-gethers, and much
- The organisation of a voluntary hospital
- Liaise with other Service agencies in relation
to those ex service personnel who are in
'need' of assistance. These would include the
Royal British Legion, SSAFA Forces Help, the
Ex Services Mental Welfare Society (Combat
Stress), the Veterans Welfare Service the
Regular Forces Employment Agency, and
other ex Service Associations and statutory
Her Majesty the Queen graciously allows the Association to hold a Summer Garden Party in Buckingham Palace and a Christmas Party in St James' Palace each year. These Parties are attended by those in receipt of a War Pension who reside in the UK. This allows the NFA to entertain over 1500 War Pensioners at these prestigious events.
If you are an ex service disabled person and/or in receipt of a War Pension and would like a visit from one of our volunteers kindly contact us on
(028) 9032 7740
Please feel free to tell others about the NFA
With our knowledge and liaison with other ex service charities and local authorities we hope to provide you with a quality of life you so richly deserve in return for serving your country.
If you would like a collection box to place within your local community/business/school or even your home kindly contact the Treasurer on:-
(028) 9032 7740
For administrative matters contact..
SECRETARY Yvonne Ritchie
Visit our parent website for more information
You can learn more about the Not Forgotten by applying to the Association's Head office in Grosvenor Gardens, London 020 7730 2400
If you would like to send a donation to assist us in our work please make cheques payable to NFA N1 Branch, and send to:-
Not Forgotten Association
21 Talbot Street
Please include the following details:-
Are you a UK Taxpayer? YES / NO
Charity No: x47345
Thank you for taking time to read about the "Not Forgotten" Association.
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