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Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire continues to support DMWS

3 July 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson and his wife Christine Atkinson visits DMWS and continue to show a real interest in our charitable work of supporting those who serve when they suffer from ill health.

It has been a real pleasure to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson and his wife Christine Atkinson to meet with DMWS’s CEO Paul Gaffney at our Headquarters in Andover yesterday.

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Newly-published medical study confirms significant therapeutic benefits of Scuba Diving

A seminal study into the therapeutic benefits of scuba diving by students from the University of Sheffield’s Medical School has been published this week.

The study is published in the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation under the title: “Can scuba diving offer therapeutic benefit to military veterans experiencing physical and psychological injuries as a result of combat? A service evaluation of Deptherapy UK.”

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Charity It’s a Knockout tournament needs you

A knockout day of fun and games entertainment will take place in Truro next month in aid of sailing charity Turn to Starboard.

The It’s a Knockout tournament, based on the hit TV series, is returning to Malpas Park in Truro on Sunday 29 July.

Last summer, 13 teams from across the county went head-to-head to help raise funds for the charity that help injured veterans by taking them sailing. Now the gauntlet is being thrown down again for teams to take part in the contest featuring rounds of inflatable jousting and a foam covered assault course.

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Defence Secretary praises Broughton House

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson praised Broughton House for the care it provides to veterans and for its vision for the future during a visit to the Salford care home for ex-servicemen and women.

Mr Williamson, who was accompanied by Bolton West MP Chris Green, met with veterans, staff and board members during his tour and learned more about Broughton House’s redevelopment plans.

The two-acre site is to be transformed into a Veterans’ Care Village in a £14m scheme.

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New Grant Award: Military Moral Injury to be Explored

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £168,813 to King’s Centre for Military Health Research to conduct the first scoping study to explore the experiences of moral injury in UK ex-Service personnel.

The aim of the 15-month study is to address gaps in understanding of moral injury and researchers will focus on a number of areas including:

Exploring the experiences of moral injury in UK ex-Service personnel.
Investigating the impact of moral injury mental health and well-being.
Examining ex-Service personnel and clinician perceptions of potential risk and protective factors for mental health difficulties following moral injury.

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Veterans with military-related trauma celebrate Armed Forces Day with art display at Sandham Memorial Chapel

A group of Royal Army Medical Corps veterans, treated by veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, will have their artwork and poetry on display at Sandham Memorial Chapel in celebration of Armed Forces Day (30 June 2018).

The exhibition In Arduis Fidelis (Faithful in Adversity) will be held at the chapel in Burghclere, Hampshire, from Wednesday 27 June to Sunday 8 July (Wed – Sun only).

Owned by the National Trust, Sandham Memorial Chapel showcases the genius of Stanley Spencer who created it and the 19 paintings housed inside, depicting his experiences as a Royal Army Medical Corps orderly both at the Beaufort Hospital, Bristol, and then in Salonika, Greece, during the First World War.

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RBLI offers a home-from-home environment for Veterans needing care

Gavin Astor House, located within the Royal British Legion Village, is a high dependency nursing facility where 84% of residents have a military connection.

Set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, Gavin Astor House offers single private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Residents are provided with a choice of meals and can take part in a wide selection of activities – the latest being a trip to Buckingham Palace!

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Team Deptherapy gives back in latest Red Sea success

Five new PADI Open Water Divers, three new PADI Advanced Open Water and Deep Divers, seven new Coral Conservation Divers and four new Deptherapy Education Professionals… that’s the tally of success from Team Deptherapy’s latest Red Sea expedition.

At the end of May 2018, UK scuba diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy held it’s largest ever expedition to the Egyptian Red Sea. A team of 25, including 17 wounded in service veterans, all suffering from life changing physical and / or mental injuries, travelled to Roots Dive Camp in El Quseir as part of Team Deptherapy.

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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity awards Combat Stress a grant of £350,000

Combat Stress has been awarded a grant of £350,000 from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to support the work it does to help veterans with mental health problems.

In the last decade, the veterans’ mental health charity has seen a 143% increase in referrals. Combat Stress research, NHS England and the Ministry of Defence all estimate a continued increase in the number of veterans seeking help for mental health issues.

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