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Meet Gurkha veteran Lalbahadur Pun

Almost 76 years ago, in the midst of World War Two, Lalbahadur Pun signed up to become a Gurkha. According to military records, Rifleman Lalbahadur Pun is 96 years old. In truth, he’s actually 92. As was common in the Second World War, Lal’s age was falsified so that he could sign up to become a Gurkha early. He was only 15 when he first joined the British Army in late 1941, following in his father’s footsteps.

After completing his training and being assigned to the 6th Gurkha Rifles, Lal was sent to fight in Burma.

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Charity CEO Nicky Murdoch recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list published on 16 June 2017, on the occasion of Her Majesty’s official 91st birthday, recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people right across the United Kingdom. This year, the St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) Chief Executive Nicky Murdoch is awarded an MBE for service to the Armed Forces Community and their families.

Nicky Murdoch completed a 30 year career in the Army where she specialised in personnel work. After her own battle with Breast Cancer in 2007, Nicky moved to the voluntary sector to utilise her skills, knowledge and awareness of the issues facing our Armed Forces when in hospital. She joined DMWS in 2011 to develop and expand the service.

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Local pub supports military charity with a month of fundraising

The Fox Inn, Patching has chosen to support the Worthing-based Queen Alexandra Hospital Home in July.

The month-long fundraising initiative takes place throughout July, and includes in-house collections and a pub quiz!

The quiz will take place at The Fox, Arundel Road, Patching on Tuesday 18 July at 6.30pm. It costs £5 per person to enter, and this includes a cone of chips per person. On the night, there will also be a raffle and other games for you to participate in.

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Facing Brexit, the UK’s ‘island nation’ dependence on shipping and seafarers is set to grow

As the UK finally embarks on Brexit negotiations, our island nation’s attention is being focused on the vital role our ports, harbours and seafarers will have to play in the future.

Increased world trade will likely increase the 95% of imports and exports that currently pass through our sea ports. Merchant ships continue to grow in size, the largest now 400m long and capable of carrying 20,000 containers. Half our food comes from overseas and the UK is dependent on imported oil, gas and biofuel for our power stations and vehicles.

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Informing Scotland – Veterans Scotland to receive £75,000 to deliver gatherings

Informing Scotland – Communicating about the Armed Forces Community in Scotland, Funded by the Forces in Mind Trust

Veterans Scotland is delighted to announce that it is to receive a total of £75,000 from the Forces in Mind Trust, over the next three years, in order to engage with decision makers in statutory and third sector organisations across Scotland and inform them about those preparing to leave the Armed Forces and the ex-Service community and to encourage them to ensure that they are equipped to meet their obligations to the Armed Forces Covenant.

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poppyscotland Inverness opens door for Armed Forces Day

This year’s Armed Forces Day is on Saturday, and, to mark the special occasion, Poppyscotland’s Inverness Welfare Centre is hosting an open day on Friday in recognition of the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community in Scotland.

The event, which runs from 11:30am to 3pm, is open to all serving or former members of the Armed Forces in the north of Scotland, including Reservists and family members, and aims to bring people together in an informal setting to learn more about what support is available and how to access it. There is also the opportunity to join the Legion Scotland Inverness Breakfast Club at 10am that same morning.

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Stoll announces housing criteria for 34 new homes in Aldershot

Stoll, the leading provider of supported housing for Veterans, has published housing criteria for Veterans interested in moving into brand new accommodation in Aldershot. Thirty four homes are currently being built in Evelyn Avenue for vulnerable and disabled Veterans to rent from Spring 2018.

Andrea Howlett, Stoll’s Director of Housing and Development said: “Given the shortage of appropriate housing for Veterans, we are inviting Veterans who need both housing and support to apply for a new home. The new purpose built accommodation will enable people who have served in the Armed Forces to rent an affordable place to live. People will also receive tailored support to meet their individual needs.”

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