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Charity welcomes two new team members

A charity in Falmouth who support veterans affected by military operations has announced the appointment of two new staff members.

Nadia Hughes-Penzer is appointed Events and Fundraising Coordinator at Turn to Starboard, a sailing charity based at Falmouth Marina. She is joined by communications expert Marie Harris who will help to promote a round Britain Challenge sailing expedition organised by the charity and sets sail next month.

Turn to Starboard support injured veterans from all over the UK by taking them sailing and help many to gain RYA sailing qualifications to start new careers. Nadia decided to join the charity after being inspired by the service it offers.

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Royal Ascot supports The Armed Forces for the fifth year

This year, the unofficial Armed Forces Day at Ascot Racecourse took place on the Friday, 23rd June. Military stewards collected for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity as well as The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and The RAF Benevolent Fund.

Supported by the Trustees of Ascot Racecourse, there were two-for-one tickets available to the Armed Forces and their guests, which included exclusive access to the Armed Forces bar and lounge. Proving to be a popular event, an impressive 2,650 tickets were sold!

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Less than three weeks to go for the Round Britain Challenge 2017

On Saturday 5th August, a team of 17 veterans will commence the epic Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge 2017. The eight-week journey, which covers a vast 2,000 miles, is all-hands-on-deck, with each crew member living, working and sleeping every moment on the 92-foot tall vessel, Spirit of Falmouth, donated to the charity by The Prince’s Trust.

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Media Invitation – Passchendaele Parade to provide a poignant reminder

Thousands of people from across the country are set to descend on the town of Crieff this Sunday (30th July) ahead of a poignant parade and service to mark the 100-year commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele – a conflict that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Allied soldiers.

The national event, which will launch the wider ‘Crieff Remembers’ fortnight and is being supported by Armed Forces charity Legion Scotland, will begin at 10:30am with a parade through the town featuring more than 150 veterans along with serving soldiers from The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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DMWS is re-awarded MoD Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is delighted to hear that we have been re-awarded the MoD Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. The Scheme acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the Armed Forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges and we are proud to be supporting those who serve.

The Scheme was launched in 2014 and DMWS was awarded Silver for outstanding support to armed forces personnel, veterans and reservists in the same year. The awards are reviewed every 3 years and we are very happy that our Silver has been revalidated in 2017.

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Mission Motorsport Rad Am Ring -24 Hr cycle challenge

Fundraising for Mission Motorsport, next weekend a group of intrepid cyclists will be competing in the Rad Am Ring, 24hr cycle challenge at the Nurburging, in the Eifel region of Germany. Each lap is 26km and includes a 1500 ft climb. Two laps is the equivalent of cycling up Scafell Pyke. Each rider hopes to complete at least 8 laps within the 24hrs and included in the team will be Para-Olympian Gold Medallist Jon-Allan Butterworth, getting his legs back in shape after his Rio gold medal of 2016.

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Mission Motorsport – Spa Trek (Nurburgring to Spa Francorchamps – On foot through the Ardennes)

A team of Mission Motorsport staff and volunteers recently completed a motorsport related challenge of their own making, aptly called Spa Trek – a 3 day, 155km trek across former WWII battlefields, connecting two of the most iconic motor circuits in the world.

The walk started by going around the famous 26km Nurburgring Nordschleife race circuit and then setting off cross-country, through the German Eifel, crossing the border, via some overgrown WWII Siegfried Line anti-tank ‘dragons teeth’ defences, into the Belgium Ardennes

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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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Commemorative Somme Poppy Run

Once again, a group of King’s Lynn park runners made the pilgrimage to the Somme area of France to commemorate the infamous Battle of the Somme by running the length of the Northern front line in aid of the Royal British Legion. The run was organised by Gary Walker, Secretary of the Sedgeford and District Branch who is also a Run Director for the King’s Lynn parkrun, whose members he canvassed to join him.

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