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Royal Ascot supports The Armed Forces for the fifth year

This year, the unofficial Armed Forces Day at Ascot Racecourse took place on the Friday, 23rd June. Military stewards collected for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity as well as The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and The RAF Benevolent Fund.

Supported by the Trustees of Ascot Racecourse, there were two-for-one tickets available to the Armed Forces and their guests, which included exclusive access to the Armed Forces bar and lounge. Proving to be a popular event, an impressive 2,650 tickets were sold!

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Less than three weeks to go for the Round Britain Challenge 2017

On Saturday 5th August, a team of 17 veterans will commence the epic Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge 2017. The eight-week journey, which covers a vast 2,000 miles, is all-hands-on-deck, with each crew member living, working and sleeping every moment on the 92-foot tall vessel, Spirit of Falmouth, donated to the charity by The Prince’s Trust.

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Warrior Challenge pair enjoy triumphant finish at Westminster Bridge

On 29th June 2017, Andy Reid and Glen Hughes paddled their way past the Houses of Parliament and underneath Westminster Bridge to signal the end of their epic, 14-day adventure, which began in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. Blood, sweat and tears were put into this enormously challenging feat, which saw both men cycle 400 miles and kayak an impressive 125 miles in just two weeks. They were also joined by Andy North, a cycling world record holder from Ultra6, who ran a marathon alongside them every day, for 10 days of the Challenge.

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£10k donations from The Soldiers’ Charity to help children and young people from Armed Forces families

A unique education support programme benefiting young people from armed forces families across Scotland has been boosted with a £10k donation from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Scotland’s Armed Forces children’s charity, RCET, works directly with young people from armed forces families and provides education support, including resources and training, to teachers and other professionals to help them recognise and deal with the anxieties, challenges and learning obstacles that some experience while at school.

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Veterans returning to civilian life receive boost from grant to the Thistle Foundation

A grant provided by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to the Thistle Foundation, a health and wellbeing charity based in Scotland, will help Thistle to continue and further develop its work supporting veterans adjusting to civilian life.

Over the next 12 months, the grant will allow Thistle’s Veterans’ Programme to develop three strands of its work. The charity will provide 1-2-1 holistic case management for 10 Veterans.

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Thrilling finish to City Invitational Cup

The 2nd Annual City Invitational Cup, a charity Twenty20 cricket match played in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, saw a dramatic finish with Ashes winner Simon Jones’ City Select XI take the win with the last ball of the match. Last year’s winners, The Soldiers’ Charity XI captained by England legend Mark Ramprakash, had to concede defeat with the batting team making a last gasp four off the final bowl.

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The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 2017 tops £189,000

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is delighted to announce that this year’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch has raised an astounding £189,000. All the money raised will go directly to helping soldiers and veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families, and need support from the Army’s National Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

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Team about to set off for epic 100 Peaks Challenge

On the 23rd of May, the 100 Peaks Challenge, an epic 25-day trek across 100 peaks of the British Isles, will get underway, aiming to raise £100,000 for both ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Support Our Paras in the process.

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Lloydy (left) and his brother, Karl.
The 100 Peaks Challenge was created by Karl Rushen, a supporter of both charities, who has already raised several thousand pounds for many military causes.

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The Soldiers’ Charity and The Savoy celebrate the best of British with new partnership

We are delighted to announce that The Savoy has launched their 2017 charitable partnerships with two causes close to the heart of the hotel. Both The Soldiers’ Charity and Hope & Homes for Children use their global presence to respectively better the lives of soldiers, veterans and their families in need, and ensure that children are removed from institutional care and placed into a loving family.

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