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Tour de Troops raise more than £3600 for Felix Fund

Over 15 days, 1,500 miles and three countries, 20 bomb disposal experts raised over £3,600 for the charity, Felix Fund.

Travelling just by bike, the Tour de Troops set out from Edinburgh on 27th May, where they cycled for an average of 100 miles per day, before arriving in Bielefield, Germany on 11th June.

The event, sponsored by Kirintec – a security technology company, saw the determined cyclists from the British Army swap blast suits for Lycra, raising money for the Felix Fund, a charity which helps those affected by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).

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Following research on the housing advice, information and support pathways experienced by the armed forces community

Earlier planning and better coordination required to tackle the armed forces’ housing challenges, new research says.

Housing Options Scotland (HOS), a Scottish Charity providing housing information and guidance to disabled people, seniors and veterans, has today published the results of a research highlighting the housing advice, information and support pathways experienced by the armed forces community. This unique piece of research was commissioned by The Scottish Government Veterans Fund, with the objective of providing robust learnings from those at different stages in the armed forces.

HOS initially looked at survey responses from 116 adults aged between 25 and 74, with the largest group of respondents being men (87%) who had served or were still serving in the Army (71%).

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Blind veteran from Liverpool receives prestigious medal for helping liberate France from the Nazis

A blind veteran from Liverpool has been formally presented with the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur for his part in the liberation of France.

Roy Sinton, 92 and from Formby, was presented with the prestigious honour in front of friends and family in Llandudno, North Wales by French Honorary Consul, Mrs Aude Auclair. The ceremony was arranged and organised by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, from whom Roy receives support.

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Blind veteran gardener from Hayling Island visits military charity’s Hampton Court show garden

A blind veteran from Hayling Island who has received vital support from Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, has visited the charity’s gold medal-winning show garden at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this July.

Daphne Somerfield, 93, and from Hayling Island, visited the garden as part of a special week of gardening activities for blind veterans with green fingers held at the Blind Veterans UK training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton.

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Exeter man to climb Everest Base Camp with blind friend 

A Senior enabler from Exeter is preparing to climb Everest Base Camp with a blind colleague, with part of the money raised going to Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Steve Parfit, 45 and from Exminster, will be attempting the 17,600ft climb on February 1, with the entire trek expected to take 17 days. He says: “To be honest I’m not really sure why I signed up to it! I am excited, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pretty nervous too!”

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Blind veteran gardener from Carlisle visits military charity’s Hampton Court show garden

A blind veteran from Carlisle who has received vital support from Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, has visited the charity’s gold medal-winning show garden at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

John Hortop, 78, and his wife Tanya, from Carlisle, visited the garden as part of a special week of gardening activities for blind veterans with green fingers held at the Blind Veterans UK training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton.

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Blind veteran from Cumbria meets The Countess of Wessex at military charity’s Hampton Court show garden

A blind veteran from Cumbria who has received vital support from Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, has met The Countess of Wessex, who this year became the charity’s Patron.

Darren Blanks, 30 and from Egremont, met Her Royal Highness at the charity’s show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden, titled ‘It’s all about community’, was one of three show gardens to receive a prestigious gold medal.

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Blind veteran from Hampshire meets The Countess of Wessex at military charity’s Hampton Court show garden

A blind veteran from Hampshire who has received vital support from Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, has met The Countess of Wessex, who this year became the charity’s Patron.

Lewis Trinder, 92 and from Aldershot, met Her Royal Highness at the charity’s show garden at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden, titled ‘It’s all about community’, was one of three show gardens to receive a prestigious gold medal.

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The Contact Website – how can Healthcare Professionals access help for veterans?

Dr Jonathan Leach, Chair NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference Group, talks about how Healthcare Professionals can access help for Veterans and their Families. Dr Jonathan Leach, Chair NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference Group, talks about how Healthcare Professionals can access help for Veterans and their Families. Find out more about how to get military mental health support here: contactarmedforces.org.uk

Cobseo is proud to be a partner of Contact, a group of military charities and other entities working with the NHS and the MOD to simplify the way the military community can find support with their mental health and wellbeing.

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