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OA Awards Grants to Help with Care Costs

In 2016/17 the OA helped 28 people with Care Home top-up fees, totalling £66,987.

With an ageing population, more people will spend their latter years in a Care Home. For many the costs can be unaffordable, including for those in the officer community. Depending on the circumstances, the OA may be able to provide funding towards paying Care Home top-up fees or for care at home.

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Bestselling crime and thriller writer to host ‘evening with’ for local charity

International bestselling crime and thriller writer, Peter James, famous for the Brighton-based Roy Grace series, is to host an ‘evening with’ in aid of Sussex charity, Care for Veterans.
Mr James, author of 12 consecutive Sunday Times no.1s whose books have sold 19 million copies worldwide, will talk about his life and extensive career, as well as answer questions from members of the audience. Some of his works will also be on sale at the event, and guests will have the opportunity to get them signed by the author.

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Veterans and toddlers share festive fun

With Christmas just around the corner, disabled veterans at The Royal Star & Garter Homes welcomed babies and toddlers to a fun-filled, Christmas themed multi-sensory class held at the Charity’s Solihull Home. Residents were invited to join in the festive fun alongside the youngsters. The class was run by Hartbeeps, as part of an ongoing partnership between the Solihull Home and the local group to help bring generations together.

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Charity Glitter Ball is a dazzling success

On Saturday 18 November, the Worthing-based charity, Care for Veterans, held its second annual Glitter Ball at the Hilton Avisford Park Hotel in Arundel, and raised just under £14,000 for the disabled veterans who it cares for.

The 160 guests in attendance were welcomed with a drinks reception and were wowed by card tricks from magician, Harvey Woods. Then it was into the Grand Hall for dinner. Here, guests enjoyed a delicious three course meal, before everyone got on the dancefloor to dance the night away to the fantastic local band, The Alternatives!

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Serving soldiers visit veterans at local charity

On Monday 6 November, soldiers from 12 Regiment, Royal Artillery based at Thorney Island, joined Worthing Mayor, Cllr Alex Harman, to open the Garden of Remembrance at Worthing Town Hall.

The soldiers, along with representatives of local charity, Care for Veterans, local dignitaries, military associations and schools, attended the ceremony to launch Remembrance Week, which honours those members of the armed forces who have been killed in conflict.

Following the ceremony, the soldiers returned to Care for Veterans to meet with the veterans the charity cares for, which has now become an annual tradition.

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Princess visits charity that cares for veterans

Last week, HRH Princess Alexandra came to Worthing to visit residents and staff at local charity, Care for Veterans, of which she is President.

The charity (formerly known as The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home), has recently extended one of its wings, to enlarge and improve the facilities in two existing rooms and build two additional single en-suite rooms. This not only provides two more beds, enabling the charity to care for more veterans and their family members, but it also gives greater flexibility when admitting both permanent and respite residents.

Her Royal Highness came to officially open the extended ward, which has been renamed the Richmond Wing.

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New support hub aims to help veterans as they transition into civillian life

Broughton House has launched an Armed Forces Support Hub to help ex-servicemen and women transition successfully to civilian life.

The Hub is expected to be up and running by the end of the year and will be a one-stop shop offering help to veterans with health, welfare, housing, social and employment issues.

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, attended the launch and pledged £5,000 to the Hub from his Homelessness Fund.

His fund is supporting efforts to prevent veteran homelessness, and at the launch he said it was unacceptable that those who have served the country were sleeping rough.

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Broughton House signs Armed Forces Covenant

Broughton House has signed the Armed Forces Covenant as a pledge of support for the service community.

Professor Sir Netar Mallick, chairman of Broughton House, and Colonel Philip Harrison, commander of the British Army Headquarters in the north west, signed the covenant at a ceremony attended by civic and armed forces dignitaries accompanied by Ty Platten, chief executive of Broughton House.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a national commitment to those who serve or have served, that they and their families should be treated with fairness and respect in their communities and receive support which recognises their contribution to the nation by helping them in areas such as starting a new career, access to healthcare, education and family well-being and financial assistance.

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HRH Princess Alexandra to visit Care for Veterans

On Tuesday 31 October, HRH Princess Alexandra will come to Worthing to visit veterans and staff at local charity, Care for Veterans, of which she is President.

Thanks to a generous grant from the LIBOR Fund, the charity (formerly known as The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home), has been able to build an extension to one of its wings, to enlarge and improve the facilities in two existing rooms and build two additional single en-suite rooms. This not only provides two more beds, enabling the charity to care for more veterans and their family members, but it also gives greater flexibility when admitting both permanent and respite residents.

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Quiz night helps to raise £1,100 for disabled veterans

On Thursday 12 October, 12 teams competed to become quiz champions at the Care for Veterans autumn quiz night, and helped to raise over £1,100 for the charity.

Care for Veterans supporter, Chris Coopey from Carpenter Box, acted as quizmaster. He led the teams through 10 interactive rounds of questions, which included pictures and sound clips.

Care for Veterans residents and their families also joined in the fun and lively quiz.

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