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RAF charity seeks fundraising volunteers to give its appeal wings

The Royal Air Forces Association is looking for volunteer fundraising team leaders and fundraisers to help fund its welfare work in specific areas in the UK.

“Forces personnel and their families sacrifice a normal family life to keep the rest of us safe,” says Katharine Montgomery, Volunteer Manager at the Association. “And we believe that we owe them a debt of gratitude once they have served. We are a welfare charity that focuses on providing practical and emotional help for service personnel and their partners and dependents. We are setting up brand new fundraising teams – looking for people who are passionate about raising money to fund our welfare support for the veterans and serving men and women in the Royal Air Force.”

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Summer of support for RAF families

From RAF Benson to RAF Wyton, the RAF Benevolent Fund has spent almost £50,000 in its second year of support for station families’ days.

The annual events are a much-loved date on the calendar when serving personnel are given the opportunity to share their working life with their loved ones. Families are able to relax and recuperate within their own community, without the pressure of operations, which is particularly important on stations where personnel are deployed short notice.

The RAF Benevolent Fund made grants to 34 stations, awarding a total of £47,000 to support the events.

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Tri-Service reading charity secures funding from Annington

Annington Ltd is to support the tri-service charity Reading Force with a sum of £75,000 over the next three years.

Reading Force supports the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of Forces families through the experience of shared reading by providing free books and reading scrapbooks to members of the Forces and their families. The scheme also includes Veterans, Reservists and Former Forces partners and children.

Families are encouraged to form reading groups to talk about the books they are sharing, and children are encouraged to keep a scrapbook to record their thoughts and feelings about the chosen title.

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SSAFA Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire & Kent to support local councils with Forces Connect South East project

Financed by the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund, the project aims to increase understanding of the Armed Forces community within Local Authorities

In May, Surrey County Council, in partnership with Kent, East & West Sussex and Hampshire county councils was awarded £321,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to promote understanding and awareness within public authorities and related sectors, including health, of the issues which affect the Armed Forces Community. It also aims to strengthen local government delivery of the Covenant in the South East.

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Televisions For Ex-Service Personnel With Disabilities

The Not Forgotten Association (NFA) is proud of its long heritage of providing televisions and/or TV licences to ex-service personnel who are isolated and generally confined to their homes or have limited mobility due to physical or mental health reasons.

The NFA is now aiming to increase its provision of TVs and is also looking at the option of providing tablets to those who would prefer to use this form of media.

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New Forces in Mind Trust Award: Galahad Substance Misuse Solutions Limited to study impact of compulsory drug discharge on soldiers’ transition

Forces in Mind Trust has awarded a grant of £175,800 to Galahad SMS Ltd (Galahad), to conduct a study exploring the experiences of those who have been discharged from the British Army for drug use.

This is the first piece of research that looks specifically at the effect that a discharge, due to a failed drug test, has on the Service leaver and on their family. The 18-month study will address the current lack of data relating to ex-Service personnel’s misuse of drugs and the impact on all areas of transition.

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Nottingham couple complete 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail thru-hike for wounded ex-servicemen and women

Simon Richard and Alison Shelford from Nottingham, UK have fundraised over £4,300 for wounded ex-servicemen and women by hiking the Appalachian Trail. The route runs between Springer Mountain (Georgia) to Mount Katahdin (Maine) in the eastern United States, navigating a total of 14 states and approx. 464,500’ gain/loss in elevation. It attracts over 3 million visitors a year as the longest hiking-only trail in the world.

Simon and Alison began the epic 2,190 mile journey on foot from Georgia to Maine on 1st March, with the aim to finish at Mount Katahdin mid-August (a total of 5 ½ months walking).

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Forces in Mind Trust – Invitation to Sector Briefing in York

On 16th November 2017 the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) will be holding a briefing session in York. The aim of this session is to help the Armed Forces Community, the Services Charities sector, and other key stakeholders and interested parties understand how FiMT can support ex-Service personnel, and their families, during their transition from military into civilian life. Whilst the event is aimed primarily at Directors, and the heads of welfare, research, grant-making and fund-raising, anyone with an interest in the subject of transition, including Trustees, is most welcome to attend.

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Forces in Mind Trust – Invitation to Sector Briefing in Nottingham

On 17th November 2017 the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) will be holding a briefing session in Nottingham. The aim of this session is to help the Armed Forces Community, the Services Charities sector, and other key stakeholders and interested parties understand how FiMT can support ex-Service personnel, and their families, during their transition from military into civilian life. Whilst the event is aimed primarily at Directors, and the heads of welfare, research, grant-making and fund-raising, anyone with an interest in the subject of transition, including Trustees, is most welcome to attend.

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