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Fishing Fun

Another successful NFA fishing trip is complete and has provided, for many, a welcome morale boost and new friendships. It’s more than just a fishing trip, as one beneficiary said:

“I have come away feeling that whilst learning new skills and overcoming personal obstacles, I have also in a small way helped others & they in turn have done like wise. Friendships have been made & bonds forged to the extent that we have now organised a trip of our own, all with a military theme, as this is and always will be our safe area.”

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18 countries, 374 hours and seven pairs of trainers later, RAF Corporal completes centenary challenge

Today, marathon man Corporal Jon Ward has completed his 100th official marathon in Gravesend, Kent, to mark the Royal Air Force centenary and support the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Since his challenge began, Jon, who is based at RAF Lossiemouth, has gone through seven pairs of trainers, racked up more than 374 hours of race running in 18 different countries and shaved more than two hours off his finish time.

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Michael’s Island Peak climb

Climbing a 6000m Himalayan peak for Haig Housing Trust
Mike will be covering all costs myself and going with a group of fellow mountaineers on 12-29th April this year. He will endure some scrambling ridges,Technical climbs, Glacier crossings, a 300m ice wall to scale and a airy summit ridge, and a 300m abseil, all at altitude. we will have a support team of Sherpa’s and Yaks to carry our heavy gear to Base camp. Once completed all we have to do is wait for a weather window to fly out of Lukla airfield!!

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Blesma Members set to appear at the Helicopter Museum’s fundraiser weekend

Military amputees Corie Mapp and Chris Ganley are set to be part of the Weston-Super-Mare Helicopter Museum’s ‘World at War Weekend’ over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of April, which will be raising money for charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

Corie, a double amputee from Swindon who served in the Household Cavalry, lost both of his legs below the knee after the vehicle he was travelling in drove over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. Since being injured in 2012, Corie has built himself an impressive career in Para-Bobsleigh, this year becoming World Number One.

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Walking the first 1000 miles

Cobseo members have been previously advised that to mark both her recent retirement from the Royal Naval Reserve and the 2017 Centenary year of women’s service in the Royal Navy, Commander Jane Allen is undertaking a solo 5,500-mile charity walk around the coast of mainland Britain.

Starting and finishing at HMS Victory in Portsmouth, Jane’s walk aims to raise funds and awareness for two important Naval Charities – WRNS BT and RNRMC.

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Local sight loss charity steps back into the 70s for Murder Mystery

Blind Veterans UK, the charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, is inviting local residents to join them for a 70s-themed Murder Mystery evening.

The evening, titled Murder on the Dance Floor, has been written by A Play Fitted Theatre Company and will take place on Friday 15 June at Chateau Rhianfa, Menai Bridge.

Victoria Beech, Regional Fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK, says: “We’re hoping that, as usual, guests make the most of the opportunity to get dressed up and fully embrace the occasion!

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Pedal on the Prom to support your local military charity

Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, is calling on local cyclists to join them for a leisurely cycle ride.

The event will take place on Saturday 19 May, with North Wales Coastal path set to play host to a 93.6km cycle ride. Participants are welcome to join the ride at various locations between Barkby Beach Prestatn and Llandudno Cenotaph.

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Spinnaker Abseil Success

South West based charity Alabaré held a thrilling fundraiser on Sunday 25th March as 45 participant’s abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

The event helped to raise over £12,000 for Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans service as those taking part descended over 100 metres down the side of the iconic harbour side landmark.

With each of those taking part pledging to raise a minimum of £200, the event helped to raise vital funds for veterans who are homelessness or those at risk of being so.

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Amputee war veteran takes on D-Day 44 challenge for Military Charity

An amputee war veteran is taking on his first ultra-running challenge on the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings to support fellow injured veterans.

Former soldier Rob Copsey will be running 44-miles along the Normandy coastline for the relaunched D-Day 44 Challenge on the 6th June to raise money for military charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

The challenge, which consists of a 44-mile run or 22-mile walk, was set up in 2009 by Army surgeon Lt Col Mike McErlain to commemorate the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France on the anniversary of D-Day. However, in 2013, the event was cancelled when Mike tragically collapsed and died while taking part.

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Make a difference by walking the distance

Worthing-based charity, Care for Veterans, which provides care and rehabilitation to disabled ex-Service personnel, is looking for participants to take part in a sponsored walking event in May.
Just Walk, on Saturday 12 May, is a unique challenge event at Goodwood Racecourse, where you can raise money for Care for Veterans and take on a personal challenge at the same time. You can choose to walk either 10km, 20km, 30km, 40km or the big 60km – pick the one that suits you best!

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