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Blind veteran from Fareham competing for the prestigious Holman Prize

A blind veteran from Fareham, Hampshire has been invited to compete in the inaugural Holman Prize, a $25,000 prize that will enable the winner to fulfil a life ambition.

Penny Melville-Brown OBE, has been invited to compete for the prize as a result of the profile she has built for herself across the internet and social media. If victorious, she hopes to take her baking project, Baking Blind, global. She says: “My adventure is all about food, because it delights me! It’s also a universal language with the power to bring us all together.”

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Contractor from Horsham to take on three marathons in three days

A woman from Horsham is preparing to compete in an incredible three marathons in three consecutive days, with half the money raised going to Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Sarah McCarthy, 50 and originally from East Grinstead, will be competing in the Jurassic Coast Challenge, a three day challenge beginning on March 24. The picturesque coastal route will see participants begin in Charmouth, before heading through to Weymouth, Portland and Lulworth Cove, ultimately finishing in Shell Bay.

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Blind veteran from Rhyl receives prestigious medal for helping liberate France from the Nazis

A Second World War blind veteran from Rhyl has been presented with the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur for his part in the liberation of France.

Brian McManus, 90, was presented with the prestigious honour at the Blind Veterans UK training and rehabilitation centre in Llandudno on Wednesday 1 March. The ceremony was attended by several members of Brian’s family including his daughter Linda and officiated by Steve Boswell, the charity’s Llandudno Centre Manager.

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University lecturer from Chapel St Leonards to take on mammoth 100k challenge for military charity

A man from Chapel St Leonards is training to compete in a 100k walk across the Yorkshire Dales for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Jack Christian, 63, is a university lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, teaching business students on ethics and sustainability. It was due to what he describes as a strange sequence of events that he finds himself in preparation for the ultra-challenge.

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Shared values means business for local firm

Values shape a company and no-one recognises this more than AAA Property (North East) Ltd who’s AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd division has secured a new cleaning and maintenance contract with Durham based, independent charity, Finchale to service their 13.5 acre site in Pity Me.

Founded by father and daughter Richard H Tucker MBE and Alison Stephenson the company was first launched as AAA Property (North East) Ltd in 2007.

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Welcome to Scotland

Since the closure of Braeholm, Aggie’s has been working with the executive Team at HMNB Clyde and the local Chaplaincy, to figure out how we will continue to help the local naval community. We are pleased to launch our newest project, ‘Welcome to Scotland’.

‘Welcome to Scotland’ is a project that provides support and advice for families who are deciding to relocate to Scotland after the serving member has been assigned to the area.

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Aged Veterans’ activities – 5th April – You are invited to our 2017 Health and Wellbeing day

RBLI is working in partnership with others to deliver monthly events across Kent aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older military veterans

Are you a military veteran or family member, aged 65 or over? You are invited to our 2017 Health and Wellbeing day. The event will run from 10:30 am–3:00 pm

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Service to commemorate 35th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict

Hundreds of veterans who served in the South Atlantic during the Falklands Conflict will gather, alongside families of those who served, at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 2 April. The commemorative service, to mark the 35th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands, is being organised by the South Atlantic Medal Association 1982 (SAMA 82). It will start at midday alongside the South Atlantic Medal Association Memorial, which features rocks from the islands, and is dedicated in remembrance to those of the South Atlantic Task Force who were killed during operations.

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The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) appointed Allan Thomson as new Chairman

The Defence Medical Welfare Service is delighted to announce that Brigadier (Ret’d) Allan Thomson MSc MBA FIET CEng has taken over as the Chairman of Trustees from Major General (Ret’d) John Stokoe CB CBE, on 1.3.2017.

On speaking of his appointment, Allan Thomson said: “I am delighted to have been appointed the Chair of the Defence Medical Welfare Services to succeed John Stokoe. I am looking forward to bringing my business experience and skills to such a dynamic charity.

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Stoll runs free English classes for Gurkha Veteran community in Hounslow

Stoll is offering free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes to support its Gurkha residents and their families improve their English and engage more confidently with the wider community. The first pilot course is currently running at Stoll’s Countess of Wessex House for two hours a week for 12 weeks and will come to an end in April.

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