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Coombeshead Academy pupil wins national competition for Red, White & Blue Day

Evie Manning’s WW1 inspired postcard takes top prize for Charity competition

A pupil from Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot, Evie Manning aged 12, has won a national competition to design World War One inspired conscription postcards imaging what life would be like for soldiers in the war.

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Calling up local men and women – volunteer to support your local Armed Forces community, they need you!

This January SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is urging the people of 40 counties across the UK to build on their New Year’s resolutions and learn new skills, whilst giving something back to their local Armed Forces community, by becoming a new volunteer caseworker.

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Wanted: Members of the Armed Forces Community for opera!

Garsington Opera wants members of the Armed Forces Community to help them with a brand new production: Silver Birch: A People’s Opera

Silver Birch is an original story bringing modern day themes and issues of war and family to the forefront, with echoes of the past through Seigfried Sassoon, a regular visitor to Garsington Manor during WWI. Silver Birch is a production for all the family (aged 8+) about courage, aspiration and aiming high.

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Pain Management Programme for Veterans

King Edward VII’s Hospital understands the immense distress and suffering that persistent pain can cause; as much as being physiological, pain can also seriously affect thoughts and emotions, which in turn feeds back into the pain system. Thus, persistent pain often adversely impacts on relationships, work, hobbies, interests and other activities, as well as mood and overall wellbeing. As a consequence, those suffering from chronic pain often find themselves feeling helpless and lacking the confidence to continue with previously meaningful activities. If you or someone you know could be interested in taking part in a pain management programme, please follow this link.

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King Edward VII’s Hospitals Grants

Follow this link for information on all the different types of grants King Edward VII’s Hospital is able to give. For example the Sister Agnes Benevolent Fund is available to all military personnel, veterans, their spouses and widows: it is a means tested grant that can offer up to 100% discount on all hospital fees

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Giving back to Gurkha communities

Many visitors to Nepal will be familiar with Ghandruk, a popular trekking destination on the way to the famous Annapurna mountain range.

Fewer people will know how the Trust has been helping to develop the town as part of our extensive support for communities in Nepal – giving back to a country that has offered so much to the UK over the last 200 years.

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Service to Civvy – are you pension ready?

MOD’s Veterans UK organisation, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), has launched a campaign to encourage Service Personnel, Veterans and their families to get ‘Pension Ready’.

The campaign aims to promote the Armed Forces Pension Schemes, which are administered by Veterans UK, and motivate the Armed Forces Community to start thinking about their Pension throughout their Service career and not just as they are reaching the end of it.

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