Alpine Canoeing in the French Alps

Over the next two weeks, 21 beneficiaries – all with a variety of injuries and illnesses, from amputations to PTSD and depression – will take to the French rapids in an adrenaline-pumping adventure. Kindly funded by Help For Heroes, these holidays encapsulate our motto ”From Comradeship To Challenge” and all those who attend relish the challenge of taking on the the rapids whilst helping and encouraging each other.

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A busy week at The NFA

Last Thursday was an eventful day for The Not Forgotten Association with 12 beneficiaries attending the Founder’s Day Parade at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, before joining a further 2,500 veterans at Buckingham Palace for our Garden Party in the afternoon. Not only is the parade a sight to behold, but it was an honour and privilege for the group to be presented to His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank The Royal Hospital Chelsea for their kind invitiation!

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Royal Wedding fever hits Scotty’s Little Soldiers as the charity sees a major boost in awareness thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Children’s Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, was chosen as one of seven charities to benefit from donations made to the Royal Wedding last month, and thanks to the Royal couple, the charity has received an incredible swell of awareness thanks to the new Duke and Duchess’s support over the last few weeks.

All press and media activity surrounding the Royal Wedding has helped raise the charity’s profile both on a national and international scale and within the third sector significantly.

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6th and 7th June – Household Division’s Beating Retreat

The Household Division’s Beating Retreat – a spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannon and fireworks.

These annual concerts are performed on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park each year on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade, or “Trooping The Colour” as it is often called.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle choose Scotty’s Little Soldiers as Royal Wedding Beneficiaries

Children’s Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, has been selected by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, to benefit from donations marking the couple’s May 19th wedding ceremony.

Personally selected by Prince Harry and Ms Markle, the couple have asked that anyone who may wish to purchase them a wedding gift, instead considers donating to one of their seven chosen charities, including Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

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Forces TV to broadcast Mountbatten Festival of Music for first time ever on TV

The Mountbatten Festival of Music 2018 will air exclusively on Forces TV on Easter Sunday, 1st April, at 15:00 (UKT).

As the flagship event for the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, the show is produced, directed and performed by the Band Service to raise funds for and awareness of The Royal Marines Charity.

The concert showcases the versatility of some of the world’s top military musicians, buglers and soloists, as they perform popular music and favourites from the big screen, to traditional marches.

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The Not Forgotten Association’s Christmas Party at St. James’s Palace

The annual Not Forgotten Association Christmas Party at St. James’s Palace signals the start of the festive season. It almost feels as though the State Apartments’ opulent, red and gold setting was designed specifically for Christmas celebrations, as it never fails to put everyone is a mood of great cheer and merriment. Those who visit leave feeling joyful with lasting memories made of a wonderful and very special afternoon.

This year was no exception as nearly 300 guests were hosted by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, who took a considerable amount of time to meet and talk with many of those in attendance.

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Princess Royal Commends Supporters of the RNRMC at London Reception

The hard work and commitment of Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) supporters was celebrated with a presentation by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.

As the national charity of the Royal Naval Service, the RNRMC is reliant upon a vital network of loyal supporters who help ensure it achieves its charitable goals.

The Supporters Reception, hosted at Trinity House in London, celebrated the commitment undertaken by the charity’s volunteers, fundraisers and corporate sponsors.

As Patron of the RNRMC, HRH Princess Anne was in attendance to award a select group of supporters with framed achievement certificates that recognised their individual efforts.

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Mansfield blind veteran marches at Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

A blind veteran from Nottinghamshire has marched at the Cenotaph in London this Remembrance Sunday (12/11) with the charity Blind Veterans UK.

Andy Stowe, 61 and from Mansfield, was supported to do this by Specsavers stores including Crystal Peaks, which raised over £100. The money went towards sending blind veterans, including Andy, to march.

Andy marched with more than 100 other blind veterans supported by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

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