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The Duke of York attends Broughton House Centenary Service

The Duke of York has attended a service which celebrated the centenary of Broughton House, the Salford home for ex-servicemen and women.

The Duke attended the service at Manchester Cathedral in his role as patron of Broughton House, and read a lesson from the Gospel of St Matthew.

More than 800 people from across the region were at the event, including Warren Smith, the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, civic dignitaries and representatives from the Ministry of Defence and service charities.

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Forces in Mind Trust funded multi-disciplinary conference on mental health and military transition held at Queen Mary University of London

Leading veterans’ mental health and other experts gathered today (Tuesday 16th May) at Demobbed: the psychological reality of veteran transition in the UK conference at the Wolfson Institute, Queen Mary University of London, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT)

The conference explored mental illness in the context of transition from the UK armed forces. It considered the patterns of illness and recovery, and how public understanding may be focused on the wrong issues.

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M&S, Rolls-Royce and City of London Corporation take on Parachute Regiment Soldiers at London Charity Football Tournament  

Nine teams of employees from M&S, Rolls-Royce, The City of London Corporation, Osborne, and Stackhouse Poland, have competed against Paratroopers from 4th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, in a charity six-a-side football tournament held at Queen’s Park Rangers FC on Friday the 12th May.

The M&S B team were crowned champions, playing Rolls-Royce in the final and winning on penalties.

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Sale Sharks and the Royal British Legion use rugby to help military veterans back into work and tackle social isolation

New programme launched by Sale Sharks Community Trust and funded by the Royal British Legion helps veterans find employment, tackle social isolation and improve their physical and mental wellbeing

Marines drop in to deliver the match ball ahead of Sharks final game of the season

A stunning pre-match display from a team of Royal Marines marked the launch of a new Sale Sharks community programme that uses rugby to help military veterans across the North West get back into work.

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The Royal British Legion welcomes funding to ensure veterans get full value of their war pensions in Wales

Veterans who receive social care in Wales will now get the full value of their war disablement pensions thanks to a new £300,000 allocation by the Welsh Government. This follows a campaign by The Royal British Legion, which highlighted a discrepancy that saw certain awards to veterans injured in service reduced to cover some of their social care costs.

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New Legion Advice Hub for Loughborough

The Royal British Legion will be hosting a new monthly ‘pop in’ advice centre in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council.

Starting on Thursday 18th May, and continuing on the third Thursday of every month, the new advice centre will be hosted at the Charnwood Borough Council offices on Southfield Road between 10am and 12pm.

The new session at the Council will provide the public with the opportunity to drop in and access support being offered by The Royal British Legion.

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Horticultural therapy first for RHS Chelsea as soldiers help plant the roots of recovery

SOLDIERS wounded on active military service and supported by horticultural therapy charity HighGround will reap what they sow next month when they help to create a healing eco therapy garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for Miracle Gro.

In what is thought to be the first project of its kind at the world’s most famous flower show, a team of current and former patients, volunteers and staff from Armed Forces charity HighGround will spend three days creating Miracle Gro’s ‘Come to your Senses’ garden in the Great Pavilion.

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Why you should get involved in Small Charity Week 2017

This year will be the seventh year of Small Charity Week, a brainchild of the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) which was launched as a way of profiling the amazing work of the UK’s small charity sector.

Despite making up 97% of the charitable sector, when it comes to receiving funding, raising awareness, and engaging with policy makers, small charities are frequently overshadowed.

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Charity Commission: Ransomware threat – keep your charity safe

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is issuing this alert to charities as regulatory advice under section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011.

Charities could be at risk and are urged to be vigilant.

Over 200,000 organisations, including the National Health Service (NHS), in 150 countries have been affected by a recent ransomware attack. The vulnerabilities exploited by the hackers are the same for charities as they are for individuals, public or private sector organisations.

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Poppy cascade from Wallace Monument remembers Arras fallen

Poppyscotland has released 46,000 Poppy petals from the top of the National Wallace Monument, in Stirling, to commemorate the end of the Battle of Arras. At precisely 11am this morning (16th May), the poppies fell with each petal representing a Scottish soldier who lost their life or was wounded during the conflict.

As part of the petal drop, there was also a commemorative service which was led by The Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland). The service featured a wreath-laying ceremony which was conducted by Poppyscotland CEO Mark Bibbey, Legion Scotland CEO Kevin Gray MM and a pupil from the local Queen Victoria School.

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