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Maritime Charity Celebrates Centenary at London Guildhall Dinner

The leading maritime charity, Seafarers UK, is holding its Centenary Dinner at Guildhall this evening, exactly 100 years to the day since the first meeting was held in 1917 in the City of London to discuss the formation of the charity (previously known as King George’s Fund for Sailors).

Almost 300 guests will attend a formal Reception and Dinner in Guildhall to mark the occasion. Celebrated guests will include HRH The Earl of Wessex (President of the charity since 2012, when he succeeded The Duke of Edinburgh), Admiral of The Fleet The Lord Boyce, Admiral The Lord West of Spithead and the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones.

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Blesma’s Grand Prize Draw Launch – Support our wounded veterans and you could win £1,000

Blesma is pleased to announce the launch of the Blesma Grand Prize Draw on 23 March which is back for its third year as part of the annual fundraising initiative Blesma Week.

Blesma Week is a national week of fundraising and awareness-raising which takes place during the first week in June when communities and companies around the UK get involved by joining Blesma challenge events and organising their own fundraising events.

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Lord Mayor of Portsmouth confronts fear of heights at Royal Navy charity HQ ahead of abseiling spectacle

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor David Fuller, tackled his fear of heights today (9th March) ahead of a charity abseiling challenge in aid of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

During a visit to RNRMC headquarters on Whale Island, Portsmouth, Cllr Fuller visited the establishment’s tallest building in preparation for his upcoming challenge.

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Golden age of steam trains raises funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

Travel back in time to the golden age of steam train travel with a brand new book which is fundraising for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary since the end of regular steam hauled trains in Southern England back in 1967, Unforgettable Southern Steam Days features top quality photographs from the 1960’s, together with informative text, presented in a 64-page luxury book.

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Relaunch for Launchpad

This week, award winning veterans’ charity AF&V Launchpad rebrands as Launchpad and introduces a new logo to reflect the organisation’s mission and goals.

The new logo has a combination of the Union Flag, shaped as a triangle above the word ‘Launchpad’ to signify a roof – representing the security that the charity provides. Coloured lines extend below the ‘house’ to denote the different services. It is hoped that the shorter name and simpler, more striking logo will make the charity more recognisable.

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Forces Welfare Media Team – update

The SSVC Forces Welfare Media Team has been busier than ever in recent weeks.

Reporter Victoria Smith recently filmed with Rick McGillivray, a veteran helped out of homelessness by E-FAN, a Covenant-funded project run by the Defence Medical Welfare Service and the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Rehabilitation Company. Rick fondly remembers his Army career but no longer has any photos from the time. The Welfare Team helped him to appeal on social media which led to numerous messages of support by friends he made in the Army and at school, as well as a number of photos.

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Update from the Forces Welfare Media Team

Reporter Victoria Smith from SSVC’s Forces Welfare Media Team filmed recently with Rick McGillivray, a veteran helped out of homelessness by E-FAN, a Covenant-funded project run by the Defence Medical Welfare Service and the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Rehabilitation Company. Rick fondly remembers his Army career but no longer has any photos from the time. The Welfare Team helped him to appeal on social media and they’ve been overwhelmed by the response. Thanks to the video, Rick has been sent messages of support by friends he made in the Army and at school, as well as a number of photos.

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A message from the Chairman

It is now a month since I took over as the Chairman of Cobseo and I have spent the time visiting as many members of the Confederation as possible, including a visit north of the border hosted by Veterans Scotland. I am conscious that the membership stretches across the length and breadth of the country and that there is much more to see. The impressions that I have gained so far are no more than a snapshot. Nevertheless, the visits and conversations that I have had have been extremely stimulating and encouraging.

The Service Charities which make up the Cobseo membership are remarkably varied and diverse. Their objectives, structures, size, concerns and requirements are all different; some are small and very local, some are huge and national. However, the unifying purpose of this divergent group is a passion for the Armed Forces Community that they serve. In my contacts so far, whether in head offices, in London, or in the country, that passion has been striking and tangible.

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