Forces Charities

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Donates £1m To Charities

Of the £1 million, £775,000 will be awarded to nine Armed Services beneficiaries.

(Picture: MOD).

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will donate £1 million to 13 UK military charities and arts organisations this year.

Of the £1 million, £775,000 will be awarded to nine forces beneficiaries including ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and RAF Benevolent Fund.

A total of £150,000 will be going to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Talent Development Fund - is a programme that provides young artists with financial support to refine their talents in traditional music and dancing.

The Tattoo will also donate £50,000 to the city’s Culture Project Fund, which helps organisations in Edinburgh to encourage more engagement from local people in the arts.

The remaining funds will be split between the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) and Royal Lyceum Theatre.

The Tattoo showcases more than 1,100 international performers to an audience of around 220,000.

The 100-minute show is made up of military pageantry, music and dance against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
(Picture: MOD).

Rucelle Soutar, Chief Operating Officer at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: "We are thrilled to announce this financial support for the national institutions that support us and help to sustain the Tattoo and all that lies behind it.

"As always, a strong component of this year’s donation has been awarded to organisations that will continue to support and care for veterans, as well as inspiring the next generation of musicians and dancers.

"We’re also passionate about engaging young people with the Armed Forces and helping to provide stability and offer a launchpad for future generations.

"The Tattoo’s impact reaches far beyond its annual show and it is a great privilege to be able to support such fantastic projects that will make a real difference to people.

"We’re very much looking forward to seeing the outcomes of the donations granted this year."

Major General (Ret’d) Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity said: "This substantial grant enables us to continue providing support to the Army family when they need it most.

"This may be to young serving families coping with a sudden bereavement or traumatic loss, home adaptions or funding for skills training and education.

"Many of our wounded soldiers will need increasing financial assistance for decades to come and, with help from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, we will be there to help them every step of the way."