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Felix Fund to hold exhibition and auction of art by bomb disposal experts

Bomb disposal charity Felix Fund will hold its first art exhibition and auction of original works from 5th September 2017 to 8th October 2017.

Felix Fund, a charity providing welfare support and financial assistance to bomb disposal operatives, opens its first art exhibition at the Cornerstone, Didcot, on Tuesday 5th September. All the artwork which will go on display has been created by either serving military personnel or others with links to the bomb disposal community, making it a truly unique exhibition.

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Wholesale jewellery brand raises almost £40,000 for veterans’ mental health charity

Wholesale jewellery brand, Frank Ross Ltd. has raised almost £40,000 for Combat Stress, the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity.

After hearing of the work Combat Stress does to help veterans with mental health conditions, Frank Ross Ltd. decided to support the charity through the sale of their poppy jewellery collection. Since they started supporting the charity in late 2015 Frank Ross Ltd. has raised almost £40,000 for Combat Stress.

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Cyclist from Conwy to ride 525 miles for military charity

A cyclist from Conwy is preparing to cycle 325 miles for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Goronwy ‘Gron’ Edwards, 67 and from Llandudno, will be cycling from the charity’s training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton to its Llandudno counterpart. The ride, which will begin on 29 August, will take six days.

The ride will be done on a recumbent bike, something Gron admits may not be winning him any fashion points in the near future. That being said, he remains bullish about its functional properties, something he maintains will be key over the course of the five days.

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Major floods hit Nepal

The Gurkha Welfare Trust’s field team is currently reaching out to vulnerable Gurkha pensioners as Nepal faces its worst rains in 15 years.
Beginning on 11 August 2017, the country’s annual monsoon took a turn for the worse, triggering widespread large-scale flooding and landslides in 27 of the country’s 75 districts.
Across the nation, search and rescue efforts are underway with a total of 8,300 trained security forces already deployed. Around 70 people have already been killed and dozens more are missing.
So far, there are no casualties to report among the ex-Gurkha community. In the most affected areas, our own patrol teams are risking their own safety to reach vulnerable pensioners and provide medical aid, relief items and cash grants where necessary.

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Living with disability: a Gurkha hero’s daughter

Life in Nepal can be hard at the best of times. For those who suffer from a disability, it can be an almost impossible experience.

This is equally true for the children of many of our Gurkha pensioners. As fathers, our veterans are deeply concerned with the wellbeing of their family, especially as they grow older and are faced with the prospect of no longer being around to help them.

To ensure that some of the more vulnerable children of Gurkha veterans are able to live with dignity, we provide Disability Support Grants after the loss of their parents. This ongoing assistance helps them to survive in a country with limited healthcare, welfare support and infrastructure.

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New Reading Force brochure Welfare organisations

Reading Force, the shared reading charity for all Service families, has published a 24 page colour brochure packed full of case studies and real-life examples of how families from all Services enjoy and benefit from doing Reading Force. The useful brochure is for pastoral and welfare workers and will help them incorporate Reading Force into their existing support systems. Reading Force gives Service families free books to share and special scrapbooks for families to fill together.

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Blind veteran from Conwy to complete three-day Iceland trek

A blind veteran from Conwy is currently training to complete a three day Iceland trek with Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Amazingly, Steve Thomas, 45 and from Llanrwst, was entered into the challenge, which will see him cover 14 miles per day, unknowingly. Steve explains “The Rehabilitation and Training Manager from the charity’s Llandudno centre put my name in the hat without me even knowing!

“Out of the blue, he told me that I’d been picked as one of the lucky few. I thought, ‘right then, time to get training!’”

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SSAFA secures £287,000 in funding from The Soldiers’ Charity

In July 2017, our Charity awarded a grant of £287,000 toward SSAFA’s Casework service and Forcesline during 2017.

SSAFA’s Casework service provides much-needed welfare advice and support for our soldiers and veterans. Our grant will help with the training of SSAFA’s network of 4,000 caseworker volunteers who meet with potential beneficiaries to find out what help they need and offer support.

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