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Haig Housing Trust launches The Long Walk Home

In a call to arms with fellow Veterans charities we ask if you could promulgate the following through your website, social media and any other means of communication that will reach both Veterans and potential volunteers

Haig Housing has launched The Long Walk Home (TLWH), its fundraising pilgrimage to mark 100 years since the ending of World War One. The charity will take 100 Veterans walkers from across the UK to Ypres, Belgium where they will then walk the 100 miles from the Menem Gate to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, timing this to coincide with the National Service of Remembrance on Sunday 11th November.

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Armed Forces Day celebration at CASA in Stafford

To celebrate this year’s Armed Forces Week, the Staffordshire branch of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, will be holding a family fundraiser on Saturday 23 June at CASA, in Bridge Street, Stafford.

The mayor of Stafford will be officially opening the afternoon fundraiser at 12.30pm, which will include a barbeque, cake sale and entertainment from The Cannock Ex-Servicemen’s Male Voice Choir and The Military Wives Choir. There will be military memorabilia on display and the opportunity to chat to people from both the serving and ex-serving local community.

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On Courage, a book supported by public figures including Bear Grylls and Joanna Lumley, will raise money for Combat Stress

A book that brings together the moving and inspirational stories of bravery displayed by 28 recipients of the Victoria Cross (VC) and George Cross (GC) will be supporting veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

Published this month, On Courage: Stories of Victoria Cross and George Cross Holders will be donating £2.70 from every sale to Combat Stress, to support the work the charity does to help former servicemen and women with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Combat Stress announces partnership with Ayr Running Festival

Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health has been announced as the official 2018 charity partner of the Ayr Running Festival.

The partnership aims to encourage supporters to take part in either the 10k or 5k race on 29 August 2018 to raise vital funds for the charity. Both routes, which start at the Citadel Leisure Centre, pass beautiful scenery and are suitable for all abilities.

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Disabled Veteran to take part in Worthing 10k

Former RAF Flight Engineer and Air Gunner, Doug Waghorn, will be taking part in the upcoming Worthing 10k road race, as part of local charity, Care for Veterans’ Fantastic Fifty running team.
The charity has recruited more than 50 runners to join its team for the 10km route along Worthing seafront on Sunday 3 June, to help raise vital funds.

Care for Veterans, based at Boundary Road, Worthing, provides residential nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and end of life care to physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their family members.

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Forces Network Focuses on Mental Health Awareness Week 14-20th May

The Forces Network is broadcasting a week-long series of reports and interviews looking at mental health issues in forces communities.

Forces TV will show clips online taken from a recent interview with Prince Harry. He describes how his experiences in Afghanistan were the trigger to deal with his own mental health problems:

“Not to get too personal but if you lose your mum at the age of 12 then you’ve got to deal with it.

“…15, 17 years later, I still hadn’t dealt with it. Afghan was the moment …”

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Poppyscotland open day to raise awareness of mental health issues

Poppyscotland is to host an open day at its Ayrshire Welfare Centre, with the aim of reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, and to promote the mental health support services which are available to the Armed Forces Community in the area.

The event, which is taking place on Thursday, 17th May 2018 from 11am-3pm, will bring people together in an informal setting to meet with specialist providers, and to help them understand what support is available and how to access it. All serving, or former serving personnel in the Ayrshire area, including Reservists and family members, are more than welcome to come along.

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Prince Harry launches the Walk Of America 2018

Six wounded veterans to walk 1,000 miles across America this summer to raise awareness of mental health
On Wednesday 11th April 2018 our latest expedition, the Walk Of America 2018, was successfully launched by Expedition Patron, Prince Harry.

During his speech, Prince Harry said: “Our nations, and in particular our Armed Forces, share a special bond. We have learned a great deal from each other about caring for our veterans, but together and separately we continue to face challenges.

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St. Andrews blind veteran receives military charity’s highest honour

A blind veteran from St. Andrews has received a special award from military charity Blind Veterans UK for his outstanding achievements in rock climbing following his sight loss.

Garry Morrison, 36, received the award at the Blind Veterans UK Founder’s Day Awards, held at the charity’s training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton last Monday (26/03).

Garry says: “I was really humbled to be presented with this award, particularly because I know that without the support of Blind Veterans UK I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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