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Military charity invites artisans to exhibit at Chateau Rhianfa

A military charity is inviting local artisans to exhibit their work at a craft fair held at Chateau Rhianfa.

Blind Veterans UK, the charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, is inviting local artisans to exhibit their unique crafts and products at the Artisan Craft Fair. The event will take place on both March 3 and March 4, from 11am to 4pm.

Victoria Beech, Blind Veterans UK Regional Fundraiser, says: “We’re excited to be returning to Chateau Rhianfa following our hugely successful Winter Market in November.

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Row2Recovery Team Trident break World Record for fastest pair to row the Atlantic Ocean

An amputee war veteran has just set the record time for rowing across the Atlantic in what is branded the world’s toughest endurance race.

Former Para Jordan Beecher and Captain Jon Armstrong became the fastest pair to complete the gruelling crossing as they powered their seven-metre-long boat to the finish line in just 37 days, beating the previous record by around three days.

The pair, who first met in the back of a Land Rover as new recruit Paratroopers on a military exercise on Salisbury Plain, braved mountainous seas and 40C temperatures on the 3,000-mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua.

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15th February – Join an X-Forces business start-up expert for a free one-to-one advice session

90 minute business start-up support from X-Forces Enterprise Experts

Our Business Surgeries are here to give you one-to-one support whether you have a few pressing questions, or want to really understand what running a business could mean for you.

X-Forces, an award-winning business support organisation, is the leading organisation for enterprise in the Armed Forces community.

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Military charity challenges brave soles to walk on fire

A military charity is challenging local residents to test their nerves in a daring fire walk.

On Saturday 28 April, Blind Veterans UK will be hosting the Worcester Fire Walk Challenge, a 15 feet walk over hot coals, at New College Worcester. The coals will reach temperatures of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, 100 degrees more than it takes to melt aluminium.

Victoria Beech, Regional Fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK, says: “We love offering our supporters new and exciting ways in which they can fundraise for our charity.

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Cornwall health care worker to take on 100km challenge for charity that supports her father

A health care worker from Cornwall is training to complete a 100 kilometre walk in Yorkshire for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women that supports her father.

Sue Edwards, 49 and from Hayle, explains that the care the organisation has provided her father with fed her decision to fundraise on its behalf. She explains: “He became a beneficiary about 18 months and absolutely loves it. My mum too. They’ve been down to the charity’s Brighton centre three times already and always have a fantastic time!

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RAF Marham Flyers hit fundraising heights at New Year’s Eve run

The RAF Marham Flyers Running Club hosted its annual New Year’s Eve 10k and saw a record turnout of 219 runners. Held in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund, donations from fundraisers taking part totalled more than £3,400.

Although there was a lot of surface water on the airfield following the previous day’s record rainfall, the damp, windy conditions did nothing to put off people from taking part to help support the RAF’s leading welfare charity.

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Keeping Gwladys warm this winter

When 95-year-old Gwladys Anderson’s boiler broke down just before Christmas 2016, festivities at the old stone house in Crail, Fife, were all but over.

Gwladys did not want to leave the home she has lived in for 53 years, but with no heating and hot water, she told her Christmas guests to stay away. Gwladys’s daughter, Carolyn, describes how the RAF Benevolent Fund came to the rescue.

It was Christmas Eve when mum’s 10-year-old boiler decided to pack up completely. It had been playing up for a while and we’d limped on with it but this time we knew it was the end.

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Big Lottery Fund awards Alabaré Homes For Veterans grant

Our Homes For Veterans service in Wales is set to be boosted by a grant we have we have received from the Big Lottery Fund. It will increase the support veterans receive within accommodation centres across Wales and work in partnership with other support agencies to provide a wrap-around service.

The sum of £497,758 will be given over the course of three years in order to fund two part time roles as well as eight full time positions to help provide support for veterans in Wales. The allocation of this grant is essential in allowing Alabaré to continue to help the lives of those who have served in the British Armed Forces but since fallen on hard times.

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A Big Thank You to the Big Lottery Fund

The NFA were thrilled to receive a grant of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. Their funding will help us continue to entertain veterans and service personnel throughout the Christmas period with our program of Christmas lunches. Each year, the NFA organises 8 Christmas lunches throughout the country. These Christmas events are designed to give a boost to veterans of all ages, to provide companionship with like-minded people, to meet old friends and to make new acquaintances.

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18th June – Self-Employment Discovery (Birmingham)

Whether you’ve already started working on your business idea, or are just considering self-employment, come along to our business workshop and meet like-minded people.

This practical workshop will take you through the pros and cons of self-employment. Working both as a group and individually, you will gain an awareness of what starting up a business means; to you, your family, and your finances.

By the end of this one-day workshop you will have a better idea of what starting a business entails, and have a clear understanding of what support is on offer, so you can plan your next steps.

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