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Blind veteran from Gwent to take on Brighton Half Marathon for military charity

A blind veteran from Gwent is set to tackle his fourth Brighton Half Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Charlie Parkinson, 40 and originally from Wallasey, joined the 1st Battalion Kings Regiment in January 1995, serving in Catterick, Cyprus and Jordan. In 1998, Charlie left the army, before re-enlisting in November 2001, ultimately joining the Royal Army Medical Corps in 2002.

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New Forces in Mind Trust award: Directory of Social Change to develop the directory of UK military charities as part of three year ‘Armed Forces Charities Project’

A grant of £ 447,459.00 has been awarded to the Directory of Social Change (DSC) for a 3-year project to develop the current online directory of UK military charities, as well as producing a series of themed research reports on the sector, and another in-depth Sector Insight: Armed Forces Charities report in 2019.

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FiMT publishes two new reports on its website

‘Life Transitions: What can be learnt across sectors to better support individuals when they undergo a life transition?’

In November 2016, FiMT partnered with St George’s House to deliver a consultation to explore how transition is approached and managed in different settings and sectors. These are examined from three different perspectives: the individual experiencing the change; the network of family and friends around the individual; and wider societal stakeholders.

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Blind Veterans UK thanks “inspirational President” Ray Hazan OBE and welcomes new President Colin Williamson

It was announced today (03/02) that Ray Hazan OBE has stepped down after more than 13 years as President of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. Colin Williamson, a blind veteran from Tyne and Wear, has become the charity’s sixth President.

Ray, 71 and from Seaford, was the fifth President in Blind Veterans UK’s 102-year-history and his role was the pinnacle of more than 40 years’ working with the charity.

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Skiing Week Brings Injured Veterans Together

This week The Not Forgotten Association is hosting a skiing holiday in La Plagne, France for 14 injured veterans drawn from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The group includes four amputees and represents a wide range of Army Regiments and the RAF. Help for Heroes, Stoll and Blesma have all nominated guests, most of whom have not taken part in an NFA activity or event previously.

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“An honour to work alongside the RAF Regiment”

As the RAF Benevolent Fund commemorates the 75th anniversary of the RAF Regiment, RAFBF Controller Air Vice-Marshal David Murray pays tribute to those who have served, and still serve.

I served in the Royal Air Force for some 34 years and during that time I had the honour of working alongside the RAF Regiment at home and abroad, both in a training role and on operations.

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