Blind veteran from Ilford receives prestigious medal for helping liberate France from the Nazis

A Second World War blind veteran from Ilford has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur for his part in the liberation of France.

Schera Masters, 97 and from Ilford, was formally presented with France’s highest order by Madame Sylvie Bermann, the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, in a prestigious ceremony at her official residence in Kensington Palace Gardens. The presentation, which took place on Tuesday January 30, was attended by Schera’s friends and family, as well as representatives from Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

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Forces Media Academy – Service Leavers and Veterans Offered Free Media Course

The Forces Media Academy has launched a unique media course for service leavers and veterans which will be taught in a live media environment.

Students on the free one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course also receive a bursary of £18k to help with living costs.

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Blind veteran from Gwent to take on Brighton Half Marathon for military charity

A blind veteran from Gwent is set to tackle his fourth Brighton Half Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Charlie Parkinson, 40 and originally from Wallasey, joined the 1st Battalion Kings Regiment in January 1995, serving in Catterick, Cyprus and Jordan. In 1998, Charlie left the army, before re-enlisting in November 2001, ultimately joining the Royal Army Medical Corps in 2002.

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New Forces in Mind Trust award: Directory of Social Change to develop the directory of UK military charities as part of three year ‘Armed Forces Charities Project’

A grant of £ 447,459.00 has been awarded to the Directory of Social Change (DSC) for a 3-year project to develop the current online directory of UK military charities, as well as producing a series of themed research reports on the sector, and another in-depth Sector Insight: Armed Forces Charities report in 2019.

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FiMT publishes two new reports on its website

‘Life Transitions: What can be learnt across sectors to better support individuals when they undergo a life transition?’

In November 2016, FiMT partnered with St George’s House to deliver a consultation to explore how transition is approached and managed in different settings and sectors. These are examined from three different perspectives: the individual experiencing the change; the network of family and friends around the individual; and wider societal stakeholders.

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Blind Veterans UK thanks “inspirational President” Ray Hazan OBE and welcomes new President Colin Williamson

It was announced today (03/02) that Ray Hazan OBE has stepped down after more than 13 years as President of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. Colin Williamson, a blind veteran from Tyne and Wear, has become the charity’s sixth President.

Ray, 71 and from Seaford, was the fifth President in Blind Veterans UK’s 102-year-history and his role was the pinnacle of more than 40 years’ working with the charity.

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