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Blind Veterans UK supports GP training days to improve understanding of veterans’ health

National military charity Blind Veterans UK is involved in an innovative joint project supporting Health Education England in delivering a series of half day and full day training sessions on veterans’ healthcare for GPs across England.

Blind Veterans UK, which provides free services and support for all veterans, no matter when they served and how they lost their sight, was approached to take part in the programme which launched in 2015 and delivered its first training event of 2017 this week in Lancaster

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Britain’s oldest Bomber Command pilot celebrates his 100th Birthday at Princess Marina House

On Tuesday 17 January, Bomber Command veteran, Bill Lucas, marked his 100th Birthday at the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Princess Marina House.

More than 65 guests joined Bill and his wife Sheena to mark the momentous occasion, with a special appearance from XV Squadron, one of Bill’s former Squadrons. Pilot Joe Rigg and Navigator Mark Swinton travelled down from RAF Lossiemouth and presented the centenarian with a commemorative print. During his RAF career, Bill completed more than 80 missions including the 1,000 bomber raid on Cologne in 1942 and was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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Get fit and lean in 2017 for disabled veterans

Worthing-based charity, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), is calling on local people to join their Worthing 10k running team, and help raise vital funds for disabled ex-Servicemen and women.
The Worthing 10k is one of the largest and friendliest running events in the south east, welcoming runners of all abilities to the flat seafront course on Sunday 4 June.

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Independent medical study confirms significant health benefits of the Deptherapy Scuba Diving Programme

An independent Service Evaluation Study by the University of Sheffield Medical School has recorded a significant improvement in the general wellbeing and mental health of military veterans who have completed the PADI Deptherapy programme.

Fifteen ex-Service personnel took part in the ground-breaking study by medical students from November to December 2016. Each of the 15 participants had experienced a variety of physical injuries as a result of combat and some had recorded an additional diagnosis of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Jeremy Vine and Angela Rippon to host 2017 Soldiering On Awards

The Soldiering On Awards is delighted to announce that BBC radio presenter Jeremy Vine and television journalist Angela Rippon OBE will host the 2017 Soldiering On Awards.

“This will be Jeremy’s second time and Angela’s first time to host the awards night,” said Chairman Wing Commander Tal Lambert MBE.

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Stoll Archive Exhibition

As part of our Centenary celebrations, Stoll is delighted to welcome you to our archive exhibition on the 30th January 2017 at Fulham Mansions, 10 am – 3 pm.

The charity was established in 1916 by the theatre impresario Sir Oswald Stoll, who was moved by the number of wounded soldiers returning from the First World War.

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