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RAF veteran creates Lord Trenchard gin to celebrate RAF centenary

Award winning premium spirits producer HDC (Heroes Drinks Company) have partnered with the RAF Benevolent Fund to create a limited-edition gin to commemorate 100 years of the RAF (Royal Air Force).

Lord Trenchard Gin has been created by military veteran and HDC Managing Director Chris Gillan, who founded HDC after a training injury ended his RAF career. Chris struggled with the transition to civilian life after he was left facing homelessness following a flood which destroyed his property. He turned to the RAF Benevolent Fund for help and their support enabled Chris to turn his life around and inspired him to dedicate his career to giving back to military charities and helping other members of Britain’s Armed Forces community.

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SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity partners with British watch brand Smart Turnout Military watch colours customisable for regiment, 15% of sale goes to charity

This summer, London-based watches and accessories brand, Smart Turnout has announced their partnership with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. The collaboration hopes to raise vital funds through sales of Smart Turnout’s popular Military Watch. For every Military Watch sold, Smart Turnout will be donating 15% of the sale to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, to allow them to continue to provide practical, financial and emotional support for both service men and women, veterans and their families.

With Smart Turnout’s founder, Philip Turner, being an ex-Scots Guard himself, the design is heavily influenced by the bold regimental colours found throughout the British Military.

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SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity partners with Aramark Defence Services – Side by Side

As part of an ongoing commitment to support the Armed Forces community, Aramark Defence Services has announced a new five year partnership with SSAFA. Aramark Defence Services (ADS), who operate under the Side by Side brand will bring together an enthusiastic workforce of more than 4,000 with the oldest, tri-Force charity to bring about positive change in the military community.

Starting with a wave of Big Brew Up events held across the company during Armed Forces Week, ADS is set to commit to an annual calendar of activities, driven by its team members and the company’s management.

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International powerboat race announces charity partnership

An international powerboat race, which comes to Falmouth from June 29 to July 1, has announced a partnership with a sailing charity for injured veterans.

The new partnership will see the International Powerboat Race Club (IPRC) join together with Falmouth-based Turn to Starboard for the first time to raise funds for those affected by military operations.

After a day of testing and launching the powerboats at Port Pendennis Shipyard, drivers will make a splash on Saturday, 30 June as they race two laps of a course from Falmouth to Plymouth and back – a total of 144 miles.

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Alexander Mann Solutions/ Recruit For Spouses Collaboration

“Recruit for Spouses are really excited to offer this unique opportunity to work with Alexander Mann Solutions. RFS will be identifying 10 eligible candidates who will participate in a training programme to become Recruitment Sourcing Specialists. No previous experience necessary but a willingness to learn and work with people is a must. Alexander Mann Solutions is the world’s leading provider of talent management solutions, working with organisations in more than 80 countries, helping them to attract, engage and retain top talent.

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Care after Combat/Burton Addiction Centre Partnership

In terms of managing problems of alcohol/substance misuse within the veteran population, whilst treatment services may be aware of veterans amongst their clients, they may not always feel fully competent to both recognise and therefore manage issues arising from previous military service, for example PTSD and poor transitioning.

We are therefore pleased to announce a new joint Care after Combat/Burton Addiction Centre partnership. Commencing in February 2018, this service will provide both residential education and treatment for veterans who have been involved in the criminal justice system.

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UK Armed Forces Day Gala Dinner Charity Partner Announced

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is delighted to be announced as the Charity Partner of the Armed Forces Day Gala Dinner held by Conwy County Borough Council at Venue Cymru on Friday 29 June 2018.

SSAFA will be working with the council to support the Gala Dinner as well as other activities taking place in Conwy around Armed Forces Day.

This year, the National Armed Forces Day event will be held in Llandudno in Conwy County on Saturday 30 June 2018. The events will be a fantastic focal point for the UK to come together to acknowledge the hard work and sacrifice of those that serve.

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Poppy Pekslot prepares for the PayPal Turkey Dash

The Royal British Legion is taking part in PayPal’s Turkey Dash, an animated charity campaign with Aardman and Channel 4. The Turkey Dash will see eight CGI charity turkeys take part in a prime time race, which will be broadcast on Channel 4 during the first ad break of Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, starting at 8pm on Friday 15th December.

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Openreach go above and beyond for SSAFA veteran in need

Since striking up their partnership in 2015, Britain’s digital network business Openreach have raised nearly £100k for SSAFA, the UK’s oldest Armed Forces charity.

Graham Barnard, Openreach employee goes beyond the call of duty:
Dougie is a 92 year old veteran living in Southend, who has always been very proud of his appearance and has a bountiful collection of shoes and clothes. He lives in a warden controlled studio flat, so space is a premium and, up until recently, he didn’t have any bedroom furniture to store his clothing in. The lack of storage meant that Dougie’s flat was very cluttered, which made his home a trip hazard for him.

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Aardman creates animated Turkey Dash for PayPal’s new Christmas campaign

Eight charities feature in an innovative digital race that encourages people to donate more to good causes this Christmas

PayPal has joined forces with Aardman and Channel 4 for a unique Christmas campaign that will boost donations to eight of the UK’s most loved charities. Turkey Dash will see an elite field of CGI turkeys – one representing each charity – undergo vigorous training powered by online donations from the charities’ supporters, climaxing in a prime time race broadcast on Channel 4 on Friday 15th December.

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