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A secret mission to Oman leads to holidays on the South Coast

For former WRAF nurse Ann Simons of Peterborough, a secret mission to Dhofar in Oman, was so covert she had no idea her service meant she should be awarded a medal.

The honour came to light when Ann finally spilled the beans about the top secret trip to lifelong friend and former RAF colleague Squadron Leader Trishia Welsh, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) branch. Trishia investigated further and discovered Ann should have been presented with the General Service Medal, with the Dhofar Clasp.

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Charities that are connected with non-charitable organisations: maintaining your charity’s separation and independence

Charity Commission is seeking feedback on draft guidance for charities that have close relationships with connected non-charitable entities or organisations.
This consultation closes at 5pm on 15 May 2018
The Commission is consulting on draft guidance for charities on their relationships with connected non-charitable organisations.

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Britain’s Got Talent Winner Richard Jones Leaves British Troops Spellbound

Army Lance Corporal and Magician Takes His Magic Tour to Kabul, Giving A Morale Boost to Those Serving in Afghanistan

Forces Live Events (CSE), experts in the organisation of bespoke live entertainment events for the Armed Forces, have just returned from a magical trip to Afghanistan with Lance Corporal Richard Jones – the first and only magician to ever win Britain’s Got Talent.

Supported by fellow magician, Daniel Boyles, Richard toured his magic show around various bases in Kabul.

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UK Armed Forces Day Gala Dinner Charity Partner Announced

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is delighted to be announced as the Charity Partner of the Armed Forces Day Gala Dinner held by Conwy County Borough Council at Venue Cymru on Friday 29 June 2018.

SSAFA will be working with the council to support the Gala Dinner as well as other activities taking place in Conwy around Armed Forces Day.

This year, the National Armed Forces Day event will be held in Llandudno in Conwy County on Saturday 30 June 2018. The events will be a fantastic focal point for the UK to come together to acknowledge the hard work and sacrifice of those that serve.

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Glasgow’s Helping Heroes celebrate new location

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes held an Open Day to celebrate its new offices at The Pearce Institute on Tuesday 13 February. Following the successful event, attendee MSP Annie Wells, who lodged a Parliamentary Motion about the service.

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes is a partnership between SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and Glasgow City Council, to support the serving community, veterans and their families. ‘The team offer holistic help and advice on issues such as housing, employment and training, dealing with debt or financial issues as well as assistance relating to health problems.

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29th March – Talk on Disaster in the Caribbean

Alabaré’s Wiltshire Ambassadors invite you to ‘Disaster in the Caribbean’; a fascinating talk by Lt Col Paul Maynard MA BSc RM on the humanitarian relief mission across the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Jose. The evening will include an Introduction by Commodore Richard Lord CBE RN and be hosted by Commodore Miller CBE RN.

Lt Col Paul Maynard MA BSc assumed command of 40 Commando Royal Marines in March 2017. In September 2017, at just 12 hours’ notice, 40 Commando and Royal Engineers from 24 Commando Regiment were deployed to aid with the relief mission following the devastating effects of hurricanes across the Caribbean. He tells us how the events unfolded.

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Forward-looking initiative is offering affordable Wills for South Coast Residents

A national charity has joined forces with a number of local south coast solicitors for an initiative that offers affordable Will creation in exchange for charitable donations.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) ‘Make a Will Fortnight’ project sees solicitors firms across Portsmouth, Plymouth and the Isle of Wight waive their fees on standard Wills. In exchange, those who require the creation of a Will are instead encouraged to make a charitable donation to the RNRMC.

‘Make a Will Fortnight’ will commence on February 12th and will run until February 25th. Due to high demand, potential clients are encouraged to enquire as soon as possible.

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NAVCA: a bitesize brief on the Fundraising Regulator for smaller charities

If you qualify as a ‘smaller charity’ you can register directly with the Fundraising Regulator for a fee of £50, rather than being subject to the levy applied to those who spend over £100k pa.

After a recent round-table event the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) put together a bite-sized briefing note.

The main point to be aware of is that whilst registration with the Regulator is voluntary, compliance with the Code and the Regulations it embodies is not, no matter how small a charity’s annual spend on fundraising OR their annual income overall.

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Two World Record Attempts in the Bomb Suit

For many of us running a half marathon in shorts and a running top would not be easy. Imagine running it in full bomb suit, with helmet!

This is exactly what Capt Mark Gibbs, a trainee Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) is doing at the Bath Half Marathon. Not only that he is attempting to beat the current World Record all in aid of Felix Fund – the bomb disposal charity.

Capt Gibbs “The suit weighs 55lbs and the helmet is an extra 10lbs and to get the World Record you need to wear both. The biggest problem we have had is the lack of heat dissipation in the suit. It gets rather hot in there.”

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PTSD Resolution Joins Cobseo

Armed Forces’ Veterans mental health charity PTSD Resolution has joined Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities, which provides a single point of contact for communication by Forces’ charities with Government and other organisations.

Colonel Tony Gauvain (Retired), Chairman of PTSD Resolution says:
“We are delighted to be accepted to join Cobseo, which represents the serving and Veterans community of some six million people and their dependants. Membership enables us to promote and further the mental welfare and general interests of the Armed Forces community.

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