Stoll’s Chief Executive continues preparing for the London Marathon

Stoll’s Chief Executive, Ed Tytherleigh, continues preparing for the London Marathon and we hear an update on how his training is going.

Last month I declared my intention to run the London Marathon on Sunday April 22nd. The attempt is very much on and training is in full swing!

Stoll opens a new housing scheme in Aldershot in May this year and I am running to try and raise £10,000 to support the development.

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Party time as RAF veteran Oswald reaches 99

The oldest resident at Salford’s Broughton House care home for ex-servicemen and women has celebrated his 99th birthday.

Friends, present and former staff and supporters of Broughton House attended a party for Oswald Dixon, whose cake was decorated with an RAF flag, badges and model aeroplanes.

Oswald came from Jamaica to join the RAF as an engineer during the Second World War. He remained in the service until he retired, teaching new recruits.

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Beer and Blues Festival Fundraiser at the Sloop Inn on Sunday 6 May 2018

The Sloop Inn, Sloop Lane, Scaynes Hill RH17 7NP is hosting a fundraising Beer and Blues Festival in aid of “Building Heroes”, a military charity in West Sussex providing a unique programme enabling military veterans to achieve a rapid transition into employment in construction.

The Beer & Blues Festival is being held on Sunday 6 May 2018(day before May day Bank Holiday Monday) from 2.00pm until 10pm.

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Morale boost for troops on Op CABRIT

More than 600 British troops currently deployed on Op CABRIT in Estonia and Poland have just been treated to morale-boosting shows courtesy of The British Forces Foundation.

Singer Holly Ellison, one of the finds on this year’s series of the television programme The Voice UK, led the musical entertainment while comedians John Moloney and Kev Orkian provided the laughs.

The first of the shows was staged in Estonia and proved a massive hit with the 500 plus audience.

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Students and Veterans work together to create RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden

Military charity Help for Heroes and Sparsholt College have announced their partnership for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Their garden, The Force for Good, will tell the powerful story of the role horticulture plays in the recovery and ongoing support of injured British Armed Forces personnel and their families. Individual stories are told through the three elements of the garden as the team of college and former-military gardeners inform visitors of the journey from injury or illness through to recovery and beyond. The Force for Good garden is a demonstration of how horticulture has given these individuals a second chance at life and how everyone can benefit from its therapeutic benefits.

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‘Alabaré ambassadors event success’

‘Disaster in the Caribbean’ a fundraising event held by Wiltshire-based charity Alabaré’s ambassadors helped to raise over £3,000 for their Wiltshire Homes for Veterans service.

The evening at St. Francis’ Church Salisbury, saw a captivating talk by Lt Col Paul Maynard MA BSc RM of 40 commando Royal Marines, who led the humanitarian relief mission across the Caribbean in the wake of hurricanes Maria, Jose and Irma.

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Lace up with team SSAFA for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is calling on Aberdeen residents to lace up their trainers, don their kilts and sign up to take part in the Kiltwalk on Sunday 3 June.

Participants can choose from a 23, 15 or 6 mile walk through Aberdeen to raise money for the SSAFA Aberdeen branch, who provide support to veterans and their families in the area. From the funds raised the Hunter Foundation will add an extra 40%.

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Transport Secretary visits Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company as part of strategy to help more disabled people into work

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling yesterday (03-04-18) toured Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company – a social enterprise which employs injured veterans and people with disabilities – as part of the government’s plan to help one million more disabled people into work.

The Transport Secretary met with workers at the Kent-based BBMC, which is run by charity Royal British Legion Industries and employs more than 100 people – more than 70% of whom are ex-service personnel, have a physical or hidden disability, or both.

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Success at the Ideal Home Show

The NFA have just completed a whirlwind couple of weeks at Olympia as the Ideal Home Show’s Official Charity Partner. Nominated for the role by the fabulous Annie Riley of the Swingtime Sweethearts, we were joined by nearly 300 volunteers from 17th March – 2nd April who between them collected a phenomenal £17,318.35! The whole team worked tirelessly and demonstrated just how lucky the NFA are to have such loyal supporters and friends.

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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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