The Gurkha Welfare Trust is the leading Gurkha welfare charity. It was established in 1969 when it was realised that a great many elderly Gurkha soldiers and their dependents were living in destitution in Nepal. Many had served in the Second World War; however, they had not served the 15 years needed to qualify for an army pension. Recognising Britain’s debt of honour to these great men, TGWT was established to “relieve poverty and distress among Gurkha veterans of the Crown and their dependents”. Today, the Trust supports 7,475 Gurkhas and their widows in Nepal through the payment of a monthly Welfare Pension, an annual Winter Allowance of £10 per pensioner to cover the additional costs of living that occur in the harsher winter months in Nepal, emergency Hardship Grants to help when disaster strikes and, for those pensioners no longer able to live at home, residential care in two homes in Pokhara and Dharan.