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27 beneficiaries are hitting the slopes in Breckenridge, Colorado

From 21st February – 2nd March and 3rd – 11th March, a total of 27 beneficiaries – hailing from 16 difference units of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force – will be skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado. Split into two groups, week one will include Hari Budha Magar, a former Gurkha who is attempting to become the first above-knee, double amputee to summit Mt Everest. It will also include two sets of twins; two sisters from the Royal Artillery and two brothers from the RAF Regiment and Royal Marines.

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Veteran bagpiper is on top of the world after reaching Everest Basecamp

A globe-trotting fundraiser has completed her biggest challenge after climbing the infamous Mount Everest.

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) fundraiser, Irene Robinson, began her ascent up Mount Everest in early February and took 8 days to reach base camp.

Ms Robinson, from Poole in Dorset, had to face bitter temperatures of -14 degrees while battling the tough altitude on Everest.

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North Yorkshire veteran to take on fourth 100km challenge for military charity

A veteran from North Yorkshire is currently training to compete in a 100km walk from London to Brighton for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Mark Sullivan, 60 and from York, will be attempting the mammoth challenge for the fourth time, having previously completed both the 100k London to Brighton and the 100k Yorkshire. He also completed half of the 100k London to Brighton one year. He explains: “I just love the whole event. It’s a superb charity and very important to me that I’m able to support the blind and vision-impaired veterans of our country.

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Married couple from North Yorkshire to take on 100km challenge for military charity

A married couple from North Yorkshire are training to complete a 100 kilometre walk in the Yorkshire dales for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Ruth and David Fisher, from Birstwith, were inspired to sign up to the ultra-challenge after meeting a group of walkers who were themselves competing in last year’s walk. Ruth, 49, explains: “We were out walking our dog on a path that’s used by the 100k Yorkshire, when we met and chatted to a few of the participants. Some of the group were actually blind veterans, which David and I just found incredibly inspirational. 100km is no ordinary undertaking, especially if you’re vision impaired. Yet that determination and positivity of these men was awe-inspiring!”

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Walking With The Wounded launch sixth annual Cumbrian Challenge!

Walking With The Wounded’s Cumbrian Challenge will support more than 250 ex-servicemen and women who are currently homeless, unemployed or struggling with their mental health, get their lives back on track and back to full health.

The event, now in its 6th year, expects to reach this year’s target of £200,000. This will mean that over 6 years, the Cumbrian Challenge will have raised over £1 million to support the ex-service community.

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The Captain James Wadsworth Challenge 2018: Tour De Troops and The Soldiers Run Pass

The Exciting Tour De Troops endurance event is back for 2018, after huge success in 2017. This charity event is the ultimate cycle ride, starting at Lands End and finishing at John O’Groats during a challenging five days. That event is followed by a second one, the Soldiers Run Pass in July. Together they make up the Captain James Wadsworth Challenge 2018.

Both events are open to military staff and civilians alike and are ideal for those looking for a mental and physical challenge which also encourages teamwork and esprit-de-corps between military personnel and civilians.

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Walking With The Wounded receive a visit from the US Ambassador

Walking With The Wounded was very pleased to welcome the US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, to their London office at Royal Hospital Chelsea on 8th February.

Key to Walking With The Wounded’s success, is their philosophy of collaboration. They partner with many organisations to ensure that beneficiaries receive a full holistic service of the best quality. However, WWTW’s ethos of working in collaboration does not just extend to the UK. The charity share Prince Harry’s vision that as allies who fight together, so should our UK and US servicemen and women recover together.

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Trainee teacher from Cornwall to run London Marathon for military charity that supports her grandfather

A woman from Cornwall is currently training to compete in this year’s London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Rebecca Hare, 22 and from Newquay, maintains that the iconic 26.2 mile course has long been on her bucket list. She explains: “Every year I see the London Marathon on TV and every year I say, ‘I’d love to do that!’.

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Impact of participation in the Invictus Games

Forces in Mind Trust is delighted to award a grant of £183,500 to the Invictus Games Foundation, to explore the long-term impact of sport participation through an examination of the Invictus Games (IG), and to identify best practices to support the long-term well-being of serving and ex-Service personnel who are wounded, injured and sick (WIS).

The four-year project, entitled Beyond the Finish Line, will assess whether the competitors’ well-being improves significantly compared to non-competitors, and measure the duration of the difference.

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