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Bestselling crime and thriller writer helps raise £3,000 for local charity

International bestselling crime and thriller writer, Peter James, famous for the Brighton-based Roy Grace series, held a special ‘evening with’ in aid of Sussex charity, Care for Veterans, and helped to raise £3,000.

Mr James, author of 12 consecutive Sunday Times no.1s whose books have sold 19 million copies worldwide, took to the stage for almost an hour. He discussed his incredible career and shared fascinating, and often hilarious, stories and insights. He then answered questions from the audience, and signed books for waiting fans.

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Take part in the RAF Association’s survey and make your voice matter

The RAF Association is running one of its largest information gathering surveys ever and needs you to complete it.

The welfare team at the Association has put together a short (5 to 10 minute) secure online survey to understand more about the activities and needs of members of the RAF family. Whether you are currently serving, have served, or you are the family member of a serving person the charity wants to ensure that its activities are tailored to meet your needs.

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Walking With The Wounded receive a visit from the US Ambassador

Walking With The Wounded was very pleased to welcome the US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, to their London office at Royal Hospital Chelsea on 8th February.

Key to Walking With The Wounded’s success, is their philosophy of collaboration. They partner with many organisations to ensure that beneficiaries receive a full holistic service of the best quality. However, WWTW’s ethos of working in collaboration does not just extend to the UK. The charity share Prince Harry’s vision that as allies who fight together, so should our UK and US servicemen and women recover together.

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Trainee teacher from Cornwall to run London Marathon for military charity that supports her grandfather

A woman from Cornwall is currently training to compete in this year’s London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Rebecca Hare, 22 and from Newquay, maintains that the iconic 26.2 mile course has long been on her bucket list. She explains: “Every year I see the London Marathon on TV and every year I say, ‘I’d love to do that!’.

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“Its been a real adventure,” by Vix Anderton

Vix Anderton, a former RAF Intelligence Officer, shares her transition story.

Vix joined the RAF in 2005, having been in the Officer Training Corps at Manchester University, where she studied Economics and Politics. She graduated as an Intelligence Officer in 2007, and fulfilled a variety of roles during her 10 year career.

Vix started to consider the possibility of a different career while studying a Service-sponsored Master’s Degree in War Studies at King’s College London. Vix’s dissertation was on Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan and the military’s role in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, which helped her to realise she had a passion for women’s rights and gender issues

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20th February 2018: OA Webinar – Working in the Charity Sector

There are plenty of opportunities within the Not For Profit/Charity sector but getting your first job in a charity can be a challenge. This webinar is guaranteed to be packed full of useful information to help you step into this area.

We are delighted to welcome Simon Allen, Chief Operations Officer at the Officers’ Association, to discuss his experiences in the Charity sector. Following careers in the Royal Tank Regiment and telecommunications sector.

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21st February 2018: The Leaders Club Networking – BBC Studios, Anna Mallett & Jabbar Sardar – London

The Officers’ Association (OA) has secured a corporate membership with The Leaders Club, a networking group that meets in London. This will allow up to 5 serving or former officers from the OA community to join their monthly networking events.

At The Leaders Club, their motto is ‘Bringing Great Minds Together’, and their vision is to inspire each other with inspiring speakers at inspiring venues.

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19th February 2018 – Book you place on the Deloitte Military Insight Day – London

Attendees will have the chance to find out what it’s like to work in a professional services firm with a particular focus on work in our public sector cyber security team.

Throughout the day attendees will have the chance to hear from and meet with veterans who have made the transition from various parts of the military. There will be tips on how to make the transition from service life, plus an opportunity to register interest in an assessment centre for roles in their Cyber team.

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Impact of participation in the Invictus Games

Forces in Mind Trust is delighted to award a grant of £183,500 to the Invictus Games Foundation, to explore the long-term impact of sport participation through an examination of the Invictus Games (IG), and to identify best practices to support the long-term well-being of serving and ex-Service personnel who are wounded, injured and sick (WIS).

The four-year project, entitled Beyond the Finish Line, will assess whether the competitors’ well-being improves significantly compared to non-competitors, and measure the duration of the difference.

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