UK team sets off to compete at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017

The team will join 16 other nations at the international event for wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans.

A 90-strong team of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) military personnel have departed from London Heathrow for Toronto, Canada to represent the UK in the third Invictus Games.

The eight-day sporting event will see 550 individuals from 17 nations compete across 12 sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, swimming and a new sport for 2017, golf. The event will begin with an opening ceremony on 23 September at the Air Canada Centre, featuring Canadian singers Sarah McLachlan and Alessia Cara, and will finish with a closing ceremony on 30 September with performances from Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams.

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Invitation – parliamentary event – Military Voting: Enhancing access to elections for the armed forces abroad.

WebRoots Democracy is hosting a panel discussion in Parliament on Tuesday 10th October to discuss the findings of their latest report, Military Voting: Enhancing access to elections for the armed forces abroad.

The report found that many British military personnel posted abroad face huge barriers to participating in the democratic process, despite risking their own lives to defend democracy itself.

The panel will feature speakers from the political, military, and online voting sectors.

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Ex-service men and women take steps towards a career in media this Freshers’ Week with the new Forces Media Academy

On the 26th September, 15 service leavers and veterans will embark on a free one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course, provided by the newly created Forces Media Academy.

Service leavers are often highly renowned for their strong ability to communicate, but in spite of this the world of media has remained fairly un-traversed territory for them, with only 1% starting media careers in the last two years*.

Through this course, the Forces Media Academy, which is part of the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC), aims to provide 15 ex-service personnel with the training, experience and qualifications they need to forge successful careers in videography, digital, TV or radio.

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Blesma, The Limbless Veterans getting ready for ‘the City’s Finest Banquet’

The UK’s leading business security and resilience membership network, CSARN (City Security and Resilience Networks), is hosting a charity banquet to raise money for four charities, including Blesma.

The black-tie event is being held at the Honorable Artillery Company, whose stunning grounds are in the heart of London, on Thursday 21 September starting at 6.15pm.

The banquet itself has been created by renowned Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin of Ormer Jersey and Ormer Mayfair. Entertainment will be provided by Kev Orkian – one of the UK’s finest entertainers and an acclaimed comedy pianist.

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Legion Care Home in Somerset given top award for dementia care

DEMENTIA care at a Legion-run home in Somerset has been branded “exceptional” by industry leaders.

Dunkirk Memorial House in Taunton was independently audited in the spring by Dementia Care Matters using the ‘Butterfly’ model featured on Channel 4’s Dementiaville.

The results have now been announced, with the home’s specialist dementia care wing, Dunkirk Mews, not only receiving its ‘Butterfly Homes 2017’ status, but also being classed as a ‘Level 1’ site in recognition of its “exceptional person-centred dementia care”.

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Do you know WW1 Hero Soldier

The Royal British Legion’s South East Midlands Team, based in Aylesbury, is appealing for anyone in the area to come forward if they are related to Private Arthur John Nappin, as they have an original photograph they would like to return.

Killed in action in April 1918 in Flanders, Arthur Nappin was born in Aylesbury on 7th January 1899 and was a son to Robert and Elizabeth Nappin who resided in Castle Street in the town. Arthur also had a brother, Sergeant William Nappin, who was killed in action in October 1916.

Announced in the newspaper on 11th May 1918, Arthur, who was part of the 1st Hampshire’s was ordered ‘over the top’ and was hit as they reached their first objective. However, it also reported the attack launched by the battalion had been a success overall.

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The Invictus Games 2017 is fast approaching

The Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto, an international sporting competition for wounded, injured and sick veterans and service personnel is fast approaching. The UK Delegation is being delivered by a partnership between help for Heroes (wo are training, selecting and developing the team), The Royal British Legion (who are responsible for Friends and Family) and the Ministry of Defence.

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The Royal British Legion launches Battle of Passchendaele virtual reality content with Dan Snow

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War Battle of Passchendaele (also known as the Third Battle of Ypres), The Royal British Legion has partnered with historian Dan Snow to create a series of unique and immersive virtual reality videos, from the experiences of those on the front line to nurses battling to treat the flood of casualties.

The videos invite viewers to travel back to 1917 and live life on the Frontline through first-hand audio accounts, diary excerpts, archive film and photos. It is available for the public to experience online for free via the Legion’s website and YouTube channel.

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Poppies on the Prom comes to Mablethorpe

Mablethorpe Central Promenade will become a hub of activity on Sunday 13th August thanks to the Poppies on the Prom event.

Set to raise money for The Royal British Legion’s Mablethorpe Poppy Appeal, the summer time event welcomes visitors to enjoy an array of entertainment throughout the day. This includes a Battle of Britain fly past, Second World War Bake Off, tug of war, beach games, military vehicles and much more.

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Legion care home breaks world record with human poppy

Royal British Legion care home, Galanos House, has beaten a current Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest human flower, forming the shape of the Legion poppy of course!

Located in South Warwickshire, Galanos House has celebrated its 50th anniversary by inviting its residents, staff, volunteers, families and the local community to be part of history by creating a giant human poppy.

Participants included local schools, Legion branches, the Women’s Institute, the Scouting movement and many others, came together at the Southam College to beat the current record of 2297 participants.

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