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SSAFA launches campaign to keep the nation’s history alive

Join celebrities in sharing family stories of World War One

This year commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the most significant moments in British history – the end of World War One.

To mark the centenary, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has launched a campaign which calls on the public to help keep the nation’s history alive by sharing their family stories and photos from The Great War.

Celebrities including Antony Cotton, Helen McCrory, Joanna Lumley, Dame Kelly Holmes, Fleur East and Dan Snow have come together to share their stories and photographs in support of the SSAFA campaign.

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AFF celebrates visa success on behalf of F&C Army families

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted that after five years of lobbying on their behalf, Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) Army families should now find the process of applying for a visa to enter the UK much easier and fairer, thanks to the addition of an ‘Armed Forces’ option on the form.

Since 2013, when the new Armed Forces immigration rules came into effect, all non-EEA family members of soldiers wishing to apply for a visa to enter the UK have had to use an online form.

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Help for Heroes secures inquiry into Veterans Mental Health

The Defence Select Committee has announced it will be scrutinising Veterans mental health support this year, after Help for Heroes raised concerns in November last year.

In a letter to the Chair, Dr Julian Lewis, the Charity highlighted the issue of inadequate funding for NHS trusts who are finding their excellent work with Veterans and their families is being hindered by a lack of funding from central Government.

Head of Psychological Wellbeing, Karen Mead, welcomed the announcement saying: “Almost 500 individuals were discharged in 2016/17 with mental health issues – this has increased by 90% since 2012.

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Poppy Pekslot prepares for the PayPal Turkey Dash

The Royal British Legion is taking part in PayPal’s Turkey Dash, an animated charity campaign with Aardman and Channel 4. The Turkey Dash will see eight CGI charity turkeys take part in a prime time race, which will be broadcast on Channel 4 during the first ad break of Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, starting at 8pm on Friday 15th December.

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Mission Motorsport launch Veterans@Heritage Outreach Programme

A new veterans outreach programme has been launched in Bicester by Mission Motorsport. Bicester Heritage is the site of the former WW2 RAF Bomber Station and is now the UK centre of historic motoring with more than 30 classic car related businesses on site. Mission Motorsport has a unit at the site which forms a focal point and veterans community hub. Veterans@ Heritage will meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 0930 to 1230, the next meeting being 17th January 2018.

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Aardman creates animated Turkey Dash for PayPal’s new Christmas campaign

Eight charities feature in an innovative digital race that encourages people to donate more to good causes this Christmas

PayPal has joined forces with Aardman and Channel 4 for a unique Christmas campaign that will boost donations to eight of the UK’s most loved charities. Turkey Dash will see an elite field of CGI turkeys – one representing each charity – undergo vigorous training powered by online donations from the charities’ supporters, climaxing in a prime time race broadcast on Channel 4 on Friday 15th December.

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Another BIG success for the Forces Pension Society

In yet another significant campaigning triumph the Society has successfully argued the case for reinstating the “Short-Term Family Pension”.

The Short-Term Family Pension is a special payment made immediately following bereavement under the 1975 scheme – the widow or widower or civil partner will continue to receive pensionable pay (or full pension, if in payment) for three or six months following the death of the scheme member. This has always been seen as a way of providing short-term financial support at a very difficult time.

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Walking With The Wounded’s #DoughnutLickYourLips

There are only a couple of days left to take on the #DoughnutLickYourLips challenge and raise vital finds for military charity Walking With The Wounded this September.

1. Video yourself attempting to eat a doughnut without licking your lips!
2. Post video to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Your post must be public to be counted, and you must include #DoughnutLickYourLips in the caption.
3. Nominate 3 friends to take on the challenge too!

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Doughnut Lick Your Lips – Eat a doughnut for our wounded ex-servicemen and women this September!

Morrisons are donating £1 to Walking With The Wounded for each video uploaded in the #DoughnutLickYourLips campaign!

Thanks to our good friends at Morrisons, Walking With The Wounded is proud to be supported this September by their ‘Doughnut Lick Your Lips’ campaign. Morrisons have launched the idea to promote their freshly baked goods in-store, but will be donating £1 to WWTW for each video uploaded to social media. Please help us to reach £50,000 for our wounded ex-servicemen and women by taking on the challenge!

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Poppy Factory celebrates living wage commitment

Its team of 41 Armed Forces veterans hand assemble more than five million poppies and 12,000 wreaths every year, but now Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory (LHPF) can add another feather to its cap after becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer.

The commitment by LHPF to the Living Wage will ensure that all staff – regardless of whether they are direct employees or working on a third-party contractual basis – receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum rate for over-25s of £7.50 per hour introduced earlier this year.

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