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The Not Forgotten Association’s Annual Garden Party – Final Preparations

The NFA are busily preparing for their annual Summer Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, which will be hosted by HRH Prince Henry of Wales. His Royal Highness will meet veterans from several conflicts including (but not limited to) WW2, The Falklands War, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We are incredibly honoured that Her Majesty allows us to hold a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace each year for War Pensioners and the serving wounded. It is an event we are proud to deliver on behalf of the whole Armed Service community.

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Need a lifeline? Phone a friend: RAF Benevolent Fund extends friendship service pilot project

The RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, has announced the extension of its telephone friendship group service after a successful year-long pilot. The programme, open to ex-serving personnel and their dependants, connects like-minded people together over the phone, providing vital human contact that is often taken for granted.

The pilot scheme began in July 2016 using guests from the RAF Benevolent Fund’s respite home on the south coast, Princess Marina House. The trial involved three groups consisting of up to seven people per group, all of whom were over the age of 65.

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The Centre for Veterans’ Health is delighted to announce the opening of our new Veterans’ Pain Clinic

The Veterans Pain Clinic will be free of charge to all veterans who are able to provide Proof of Service. The costs are to be covered by the Hospitals’ Military Grants Fund charity.

The consultant is Dr Dominic Aldington. Having served in the Royal Army Medical Corps he was the Subject Matter Expert in Pain to the Surgeon General and was responsible for organising pain relief from the point of injury until a casualty left the service.

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Poppy cascade from Wallace Monument remembers Arras fallen

Poppyscotland has released 46,000 Poppy petals from the top of the National Wallace Monument, in Stirling, to commemorate the end of the Battle of Arras. At precisely 11am this morning (16th May), the poppies fell with each petal representing a Scottish soldier who lost their life or was wounded during the conflict.

As part of the petal drop, there was also a commemorative service which was led by The Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland). The service featured a wreath-laying ceremony which was conducted by Poppyscotland CEO Mark Bibbey, Legion Scotland CEO Kevin Gray MM and a pupil from the local Queen Victoria School.

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Photocall in Stirling – Poppy Cascade from Wallace Monument to remember Arras fallen

Media Invite/Photocall: Tuesday, 16th May 2017, at 11am – Tens of thousands of poppy petals to cascade down from Wallace Monument. Poppyscotland will release 46,000 Poppy petals from the top of the National Wallace Monument, in Stirling, to commemorate the end of the Battle of Arras. At precisely 11am on 16th May, the poppies will fall with each petal representing a Scottish soldier who lost their life or were wounded during the conflict.

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AFF celebrates 35 years of support for Army families

This year, military charity the Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating 35 years of support for Army families.

Since its inception as the Federation of Army Wives Clubs back in 1982, AFF has evolved into a worldwide charity, working on behalf of all Army families – Regular and Reserve, wherever they are based, whatever their family make-up.

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Military charity is calling on knitters to “Knit a Spit” and cover a Spitfire

Military charity Blind Veterans UK is calling on the nation’s knitters and crocheters to “Knit a Spit”, a fantastic fundraising challenge in which the charity is aiming to knit enough squares to cover a Supermarine Spitfire replica.

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is kindly allowing Blind Veterans UK to cover its static Supermarine Spitfire aircraft replica with the wonderful donated knitted squares. The display will be shown at the Museum on 6 August at its Family Fun Day which is open to the public.

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