To be Roast Beef:

To be kind and generous, gracious and proud
To be lively, inclusive and occasionally loud
To be humorous and courteous with charity at heart
To be English in spirit and play our part.

To be Roast Beef:

To be kind and generous, gracious and proud
To be lively, inclusive and occasionally loud
To be humorous and courteous with charity at heart
To be English in spirit and play our part.

To be Roast Beef:

To be kind and generous, gracious and proud
To be lively, inclusive and occasionally loud
To be humorous and courteous with charity at heart
To be English in spirit and play our part.

To be Roast Beef:

To be kind and generous, gracious and proud
To be lively, inclusive and occasionally loud
To be humorous and courteous with charity at heart
To be English in spirit and play our part.

What we do

The Roast Beef Club was named with the French term of endearment for the English in mind – “Les Rosbifs”. The club was formed in 2008 when a group of 30 friends, led by Joel Baseley, came together to celebrate St. George’s Day.

All attendees were given a club tie and a very jolly lunch ensued. One person happened to have a cricket bat with them that had been signed by a number of (very) minor county cricketers and this was sportingly offered for auction. It raised £500 which was promptly donated to The Lord’s Taverners, the principal cricketing charity.

Spirits were high that day, and it was recognised that this might be a template for future fun and fundraising. We decided to focus our efforts on the British military – giving directly to a chosen regimental charity each year. These charities then administer the funds as they see fit, generally supporting veterans and their families cope with life outside of the Armed Forces. Often these brave people have the added complication of life changing disabilities on top of the difficult transition into the civilian work place.

At the heart of the club there is friendship, humour, a common interest in sport and a sense of gratitude towards our Armed Forces. This seems to be a popular combination. The 2018 Lunch was attended by 800 men and women, and we raised £225,000 for Care for Casualties, the regimental charity of the Rifles, and the Clocktower Foundation.  We now donate the funds raised from the sale of certain auction items to the Clocktower Foundation every year.    In the last seven years alone we have raised over £1,150,000 pounds for five different military charities.

The lunches are attended by numerous sporting personalities, particularly from the world of rugby, and we can boast an incredible list of speakers. Whilst I we are proud to have many well-known English sportsmen and women among our members it is our Military heroes that we look upon with particular reverence. To be in the same room as triple amputee and endurance athlete Mark Ormrod is humbling. To hear the first hand account of how Jonson Beharry was awarded his VC is moving. To match Brian Wood MC pint for pint is impossible.

The Roast Beef looks to grow and to raise more money for military charities, and in 2018 we passed the magic figure of £1 million.  However, we try to keep focused on friendship, inclusivity, camaraderie and having fun whilst giving a little bit back.

NB: The Roast Beef Club is not a registered charity. It operates as a non-profit limited company run by volunteers.  

 

Who we support

 

Support our Paras

SUPPORT OUR PARAS (RCN 1131977) is a charity which supports The Parachute Regiment through the welfare of serving soldiers and families and those affected physically or mentally by recent operations, and through the maintenance of its regimental efficiency, ethos, spirit and heritage. We provide welfare assistance to complement or fill the gaps in State provision, as well as supporting vital aspects of the Regiment’s daily life and history.

The Grenadier Guards (The Colonels Fund)

The Grenadier Guards (The Colonels Fund)

The feeling of family loyalty is all very well, but, when the need arises, it has to be converted into action. This fundraising initiative is intended to give real substance to that commitment to mutual support. It will allow a practical regimental family response to the severe stresses and to the sad toll of lives and serious injuries endured by members of the First Battalion, and their families, in recent operations.

Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment (The Tigers)

Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment (The Tigers)

We raise funds throughout the year to ensure that members of our Regiment, forebear Regiments and their families have access to support and advice to guide them through difficult times, relieving hardship and distress.

The Royal Marines Association

The Royal Marines Association

Whether you’re just starting out, serving full-time or with the Reserves, preparing for civilian life or already there, belonging to the Royal Marines Association keeps you at the very heart of the Royal Marines Family. We’re the constant thread that runs right through your life, providing camaraderie, support, stability, and practical help through the good times and the bad. Once a Marine, always a Marine is more than words… it’s a life long pledge.

The Rifles Regiment “Care for Casualties” Charity

Care for Casualties was initiated in early 2009 to raise funds in order to assist those members of the Rifles Regimental family who were found to be in need, arising predominantly as a result of the Regiment’s almost continuous involvement in enduring operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Care for Casualties provides the severely wounded, their families and the families of our fallen Riflemen the support, the inspiration and the means to rebuild their lives and make the best of their futures in wider society.

 

What They Say

Here is a selection of letters from the regiments we have supported in the past. Please click on a letter to view it enlarged.

 

Gallery

Below is a selection of images from our past events; please click on an image to view it enlarged.

 

 

Sponsors and Partners

We collaborate with a range of carefully selected top-end brands and actively involve them in a variety of ways, to help us meet, and surpass, our fundraising target every year. Our past sponsors include names such as Goodwood, Church’sOrelebar Brown, Triumph, Jones Bootmaker, Brakspear, Bremont, Salcombe Gin, Tofka, Rampton Baseley, Porthminster Group, Mascot Bespoke, The Cherwell Group, PLP London, Quella Bicycles, Bloom and Holt’s Auctioneers.

Sponsorship types include both donations in kind to enter into the charity auction, as well as financial support for the event. We are always on the lookout for suitable sponsors and open to discussion. Please get in touch to discuss how you can get involved. 

 

Contact

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