Our Journey


In 1957 the National Benevolent Fund for the Aged (known as NBFA) was founded by Jeremy Thorpe, MP.

In those early days we provided televisions to older people who were on their own.


We began to offer coach holidays to the seaside. These were immediately popular and filled a real need for what is now called 'social tourism.

In 1968 television sets were presented by Lewis Gilbert, CBE and Michael Winner to the Whitechapel Hostel of the Salvation Army.


Coach holidays really take off with 550 older people being taken to the seaside at Ilfracombe.


In 1982 NBFA celebrated our 25th anniversary and introduced our new service offering free TENS pain relief machines.

In 1983 we celebrated reaching a major milestone with the 20,000th older person to benefit from a holiday.


In 1992 we introduced a new programme of subsidised home emergency alarms.

In 1994 our first charity shop opened in Welshpool, Wales.

In 1996 we celebrated the 35,000th older person to benefit from a friendship break.


In 2004 we moved office to our current home in Buckingham Palace Road, which has been generously subsidised by an anonymous donor.


We decided to become a CIO (charitable incorporated organisation) and register as a new charity with a new name NBFA Assisting the Elderly.


We added day outings and re-union events to our programme and our first Silver Sunday event took place at Royal Hospital Chelsea.


We have supported over 40,000 to benefit from a respite break and many other 1,000s through our other services. 

We reluctantly decide to close operations and distribute funds as charitable grants to other charities.