About us  

 
FirstLight Trust is a charity for Armed Forces with a difference. We help the ‘hard to reach’ Veterans as defined by other charities. Some can't cope, don't know what's wrong with them or are too proud to ask for help. 
 
We provide them with whatever it takes to make that tiny difference between life and suicide. We show them that they are valued. We give them back a sense of belonging. FirstLight proves to them they aren't alone or too different to fit into civilian society. 
 
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Why is FirstLight needed?  

The military has a unique culture which is very different to civilian life. Those leaving the Armed Forces can find it hard to adjust. Sorting out housing, work, benefits and bills can be confusing and intimidating. Adjusting to family life can also be difficult. Problems build up and can lead to a loss of purpose and identity. 
 
 

Who  are we?  

We are a mix of civvies and Veterans from many conflicts. Many of us have first-hand experience of not knowing where to turn. We work out what needs doing and how. We then use existing services if possible, or fund alternatives. We also provide drop-in centres where there are like-minded people. 
 

Why are we called FirstLight?  

FirstLight is named after the light you see in the morning when you've survived another night. 
 
 
 

Meet our supporters 

We are lucky to have some amazing supporters from regiments to individuals. Many support our charity for Armed Forces because of their own personal experiences. 
 
Our patron is Bernard Cornwell OBE, author of the Sharpe novels and The Saxon Stories which inspired the TV series The Last Kingdom. You can find out more in meet our supporters 

All our contact details 

Whether you need our phone number or a charity shop address, they're all featured on Contact us page 
 
Journalists may find it useful to look at past press releases and download our FirstLight Trust Media Kit (PDF) 
 
We follow the Code of Fundraising Practice, as set by the Fundraising Regulator  
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