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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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The Royal Star & Garter Homes Launches Day Care Service for Local Veterans

The Royal Star & Garter Homes has launched a day care service, the ‘Star & Garter Club’. The service welcomes tri-service veterans of HM Armed Forces and their partners to the Charity’s award-winning Solihull Home.

The Charity has drawn upon its wealth of experience in providing outstanding residential care to establish a complete day care package. The service will enable veterans access to the wide range of activities and therapies on offer at the Home as well as a host of other benefits on a daily basis.

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Ceremony marks battle of Arnhem anniversary

A paratrooper’s stirring recollections of the Battle of Arnhem during World War Two were read out at a memorial service.

Operation Market Garden saw British and Polish forces land behind German lines in the occupied Netherlands in September 1944. After nine days of fierce fighting, the allies were defeated.

A memorial service and tree planting ceremony were organised by Broughton House, the Salford home for ex-servicemen and women, and Life for a Life Memorial Forests, to commemorate the solidarity shown by the UK, the Netherlands and Poland during the battle.

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A new name for a new era – Sussex military charity changes name!

As of Thursday 5 October, Worthing-based charity, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) has changed its name to Care for Veterans.

The charity, which provides residential nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and award-winning end of life care to physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their families, carried out extensive research into how well it was known, both in the local area and beyond.

Focus groups were set up and included input from supporters, staff, volunteers, residents and their family members, and it was found that ‘The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home’ did not inform people what the charity does nor who it cares for.

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Plans approved for Broughton House veterans care village

Plans for a £12.5m Veterans Care Village at Broughton House in Salford have been approved.

Work on the ambitious scheme is due to start early in 2018 after Salford City Council gave it the go-ahead. Plans were submitted in July following public consultation.

Broughton House is the only home for ex-servicemen and women in the north west and in 2016 celebrated its centenary.

The redevelopment of the two-acre site will be partially paid for through a £3m grant from LIBOR funding, a government initiative to redistribute the proceeds of banking fines. Fundraising by Broughton House is ongoing.

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