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Alpine Canoeing in the French Alps

Over the next two weeks, 21 beneficiaries – all with a variety of injuries and illnesses, from amputations to PTSD and depression – will take to the French rapids in an adrenaline-pumping adventure. Kindly funded by Help For Heroes, these holidays encapsulate our motto ”From Comradeship To Challenge” and all those who attend relish the challenge of taking on the the rapids whilst helping and encouraging each other.

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Visit to Highgrove Gardens

On Wednesday 20th June, 47 beneficiaries and their escorts were taken on a tour of Highgrove Gardens, by kind permission of HRH The Prince of Wales. Blown away by the beauty of their surroundings, many found the trip a cathartic experience with laughter and smiles trickling through the whole group throughout the afternoon. Representing 14 organisations from all three services and spanning a variety of age groups, the trip also provided the opportunity for individuals to meet new friends – a direct representation of what the Association aims to do: address the causes of isolation, reduce loneliness and, overall, have a bit of fun!

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The Not Forgotten Association Has Joined Amazon Smile

The NFA has joined up with Amazon as part of their Amazon Smile initiative. This means that you can raise money for the NFA every time you buy something on Amazon. From that new laptop or television, to the washing up liquid and loo roll, no matter what you purchase 0.5% will go directly to the Association. It may not seem a lot, but every little helps! All you have to do is head to smile.amazon.co.uk, sign in, search for ‘The Not Forgotten Association’ in the bar on the right hand side and Bob’s your uncle – your good deed done for the day.

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A busy week at The NFA

Last Thursday was an eventful day for The Not Forgotten Association with 12 beneficiaries attending the Founder’s Day Parade at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, before joining a further 2,500 veterans at Buckingham Palace for our Garden Party in the afternoon. Not only is the parade a sight to behold, but it was an honour and privilege for the group to be presented to His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank The Royal Hospital Chelsea for their kind invitiation!

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Activity Week in Scotland

There is never a dull moment at the NFA as next week 20 beneficiaries will be heading to Scotland for a week of outdoor activities. Embodying the Association’s mantra of ‘From Comradeship To Challenge’, the holiday is designed to encourage individuals to push themselves and generate teamwork through a range of activities including rock climbing, canoeing, archery, pistol shooting, high-ropes and more. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages and website for updates on the trip.

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Buckingham Palace Garden Party – Thursday 7th June

The Garden Party at Buckingham Palace is the high point in our calendar and this year demand and interest in attending was greater than ever recorded. We believe this was due to our Patron attending, the increased awareness of the charity following a concerted effort to improve our social media presence and recognition of the significant value our events have on the beneficiaries. This high level of demand led us to increase the invitations to the Garden Party and some 2,500 attended on Thursday 7th June 2018.

The guests represented over 110 military organisations and charities, and 32 different military associated residential homes.

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Success at the Ideal Home Show

The NFA have just completed a whirlwind couple of weeks at Olympia as the Ideal Home Show’s Official Charity Partner. Nominated for the role by the fabulous Annie Riley of the Swingtime Sweethearts, we were joined by nearly 300 volunteers from 17th March – 2nd April who between them collected a phenomenal £17,318.35! The whole team worked tirelessly and demonstrated just how lucky the NFA are to have such loyal supporters and friends.

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