Phone icon. Need help? Call us on 0800 085 7371

Resources and Advice

Helping you and your loved ones live well in later life

Falls Risk Score logo

Are you or a loved one at risk of a fall?

Every 10 seconds, a loved one in the UK has a fall. Find out your risk score in 2 minutes.


Supporting RAF veterans to maintain their independence

November 08, 2021

Squadron Leader A. Garretts

We've formed a new partnership with the RAF Benevolent Fund to help RAF veterans continue to live independently for longer.

The partnership will see a portion of personal alarm sales made via the RAF Benevolent Fund page donated to the Charity, in order to provide more veterans with the freedom and security to remain in the homes they love.

Many of our customers are armed forces veterans whose lives have been enhanced with the reassurance a personal alarm has given them.

We wanted to give back to the men and women who served our country and to ensure veterans and their families had the peace of mind and the quality of life they deserved.

Squadron Leader A. Garretts MBE

One such customer is 99-year-old retired Squadron Leader A. Garretts MBE, who had an impressive and varied 30-year career in the RAF.

Mr Garretts first got a Taking Care personal alarm when his wife became unwell some years ago. The alarm gave him and his family peace of mind that help was always available when needed and allowed Mr Garretts to pop to the shops without the fear of leaving his wife alone.

When Mr Garretts’ wife sadly passed away, he took over wearing the personal alarm in order to stop his children worrying about him living alone.

Mr Garretts is still very active and so his alarm gives him great reassurance that he can get help when he needs it, leaving him to continue doing the things he loves such as marquetry, gardening and socialising at the local senior citizen’s club.    

Mr Garretts said:

"My wife was rather ill during the last years of her life and when I went out she wore the alarm because I didn’t want to leave her alone without some sort of connection. My wife died five years ago and I’ve been wearing it ever since."

I think it’s a good idea because if I fell over here and the alarm went, the lady next door is a retired nurse and she’s the first to be contacted.

Mr Garretts

About the RAF Benevolent Fund

The RAF Benevolent Fund (a registered charity in England and Wales no: 1081009 and in Scotland no: SC038109) will receive £40 following each personal alarm product purchased through the RAF Benevolent Fund landing page on the Taking Care website.

We are proud to be partnering with the RAF Benevolent Fund and supporting their veterans. We are delighted to be contributing financially to the work of this charity to the benefit of our customers and their families.

Steve Gates, Managing Director at Taking Care

Steve Gates, Managing Director at Taking Care said:

"We are committed to working with our partners to spread the word about the valuable benefits of assistive technology and the part it plays in our vision to help people continue to live an active and independent life."

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity. The charity exists to support current and former members of the RAF, their partners and dependants, whenever they need support. In 2020, the Fund spent £26M supporting more than 63,700 members of the RAF Family.

You can find out more about the RAF Benevolent Fund at

Donate now

Independent living products brochure

Learn how personal alarms and home monitoring solutions can keep you or your loved ones safe and independent at home.

Download brochure

Ways to support independent living

Independent living products brochure

Learn how personal alarms and home monitoring solutions can keep you or your loved ones safe and independent at home.

Download brochure

What to read next

Andy on ITV Tonight
March 12, 2024

ITV interviews Taking Care's Andy Ridpath about the Digital Switchover

When ITV got in touch to discuss how older adults may be left behind by technology, we were happy to help.

Personal alarm statistics in 2023
January 15, 2024

1.1 million alarm calls answered in 2023

Our Emergency Resolution Team worked hard in 2023 to keep our personal alarm customers safe and well.