A charity that helps Veterans reintegrate into civilian life is paying tribute to a donor from whom it received a gift of more than £120,000, distributed with CAF’s help.


Armed services charity, Stoll, has unveiled a plaque at its new, award-winning Centenary Lodge development for Veterans, in memory of Peter Hart, who passed away in December 2015.

Mr Hart left a significant gift to charity in his Will, set up through CAF’s Charitable Legacy Service, and detailed the types of causes he wished to support.

After in-depth research and review of potential beneficiaries, CAF’s Charity Advisory and Programmes team concluded that Stoll, which provides support and housing for over 600 vulnerable and disabled Veterans every year, would be best placed to fulfill Mr Hart’s intention with the funds.



Ed Tytherleigh, Chief Executive of Stoll, said: “We are truly grateful for the donation and know it will impact the lives of many Veterans. It will mean that Stoll can continue to expand our housing and support services to vulnerable and disabled ex-Service personnel and continue to work towards ending homelessness for the Veteran community.”

CAF conducted a meticulous, fact-finding process to put Mr Hart’s funds to good use – and this project was not a straight-forward one. 

The donor expressed a desire to give to three causes, one of which was supporting a charity that works with ex-servicemen and women.  But as he had opted not to name specific charities in his Will or a Letter of Wishes, CAF had to consider which charities would be the best fit.

Speaking about the process, Monica Brown, Head of Charity Advisory and Programmes at CAF, said: “It was a privilege to work on this project because although the donor did not have a history of using CAF’s services, he trusted us and was satisfied that we would do the right thing. It was a happy coincidence that a charity we were already helping benefitted from this.”

The legacy donation comes after the charity had previously received a £3.8 million loan* from CAF Bank, to cover the building costs for 34 state-of-the art homes in Aldershot, home of the British Army. 

The Centenary Lodge development, marking Stoll’s 100th anniversary, is a housing scheme that includes family accommodation, disability units, communal areas, training facilities, and even a therapeutic garden, all with the aim of helping Veterans lead fulfilling, independent lives.

Ed at Stoll added: “We have opened the new homes and we are delighted to honour Peter’s contribution with a plaque. This marks a significant milestone as our first housing scheme outside of London and will ensure many more vulnerable Veterans find a place to call home.”

The Centenary Lodge development was officially opened by the HRH The Countess of Wessex on 14 June 2018.

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