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Dover veteran to take on 100 km challenge for military charity

A man from Dover is training to complete the 100 kilometre walk from London to Brighton for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Berni Jenkins, 45 and born in Portsmouth, is aiming to complete the daunting course in under 30 hours, and is hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity.

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Wanted: Members of the Armed Forces Community for opera!

Garsington Opera wants members of the Armed Forces Community to help them with a brand new production: Silver Birch: A People’s Opera

Silver Birch is an original story bringing modern day themes and issues of war and family to the forefront, with echoes of the past through Seigfried Sassoon, a regular visitor to Garsington Manor during WWI. Silver Birch is a production for all the family (aged 8+) about courage, aspiration and aiming high.

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Charity roadshow promoting support for older veterans brings live music event to Great Yarmouth

A charity roadshow hosted by national military charity Blind Veterans UK and supported by Music in Hospitals is bringing a live music event to National Service and Armed Forces veterans in Great Yarmouth.

The event takes place on Thursday 2 February from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at The Priory Centre, Priory Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1NW.

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Pain Management Programme for Veterans

King Edward VII’s Hospital understands the immense distress and suffering that persistent pain can cause; as much as being physiological, pain can also seriously affect thoughts and emotions, which in turn feeds back into the pain system. Thus, persistent pain often adversely impacts on relationships, work, hobbies, interests and other activities, as well as mood and overall wellbeing. As a consequence, those suffering from chronic pain often find themselves feeling helpless and lacking the confidence to continue with previously meaningful activities. If you or someone you know could be interested in taking part in a pain management programme, please follow this link.

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King Edward VII’s Hospitals Grants

Follow this link for information on all the different types of grants King Edward VII’s Hospital is able to give. For example the Sister Agnes Benevolent Fund is available to all military personnel, veterans, their spouses and widows: it is a means tested grant that can offer up to 100% discount on all hospital fees

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New Forces in Mind Trust award: King’s College London to compare the offending behaviour, mental health and welfare needs of UK veterans with those of the general population

A grant of £94,779 has been awarded to King’s College London (KCL), for a 12-month study into offending behaviour, mental health and the welfare needs of ex-Service personnel entering the criminal justice system, and to compare this to general population offenders.

Although the majority of those leaving the armed forces successfully transition into military life, a minority have a bleaker outlook and find themselves involved in the Criminal Justice System (CJS), sometimes as a result of health, behavioural and social problems. Until now, there has been limited opportunity to explore the nature and needs of veterans in the CJS and to directly compare with offenders who have not served in the military.

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Giving back to Gurkha communities

Many visitors to Nepal will be familiar with Ghandruk, a popular trekking destination on the way to the famous Annapurna mountain range.

Fewer people will know how the Trust has been helping to develop the town as part of our extensive support for communities in Nepal – giving back to a country that has offered so much to the UK over the last 200 years.

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Military charity unveils new anti-gravity treadmill purchased after blind veteran raised £15,000 with 100km walk

A new anti-gravity treadmill has been unveiled by military charity Blind Veterans UK after a blind veteran raised £15,000 towards its purchase.

Rifleman Paul Jacobs GM, 27, from Brighton who completely lost his sight whilst on operations in Afghanistan, raised the money by tackling Blind Veterans UK’s inaugural 100km challenge over the Yorkshire Dales in June last year.

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