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Charity volunteer recognised with award

A DEDICATED volunteer has been rewarded for his commitment to a sailing charity in Cornwall.

Len Ritchie has been awarded the Marsh Trust Volunteer Award for his conservation work on a tall ship at Turn to Starboard in Falmouth.

He has been volunteering at the charity for almost three years and helps to repair and maintain the Spirit of Falmouth, a 92-foot long pilot schooner gifted by the Prince’s Trust.

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Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to perform at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on May Bank Holiday

The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will bring a dazzling show to Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on Saturday 27 May, fresh off-the-back of their world-famous Mountbatten Festival of Music performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Backed by spectacular lighting and big screen imagery, the Royal Marines will demonstrate their outstanding virtuosity and versatility when they perform at the elegant seafront theatre over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Comprised of over 90 of the finest military musicians in the world The Massed Bands will be made up from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood.

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High Sheriff raises over £8,000 for local military charity

The High Sheriff of Clwyd has raised over £8,000 for Blind Veterans UK, the military charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Jim O’Toole donated the money after he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb raised funds to purchase vehicles that would assist less-abled veterans visiting the charity’s training and rehabilitation centre in Llandudno to access its popular Woodland Walk.

Of the achievement, which was in fact the second time Jim has climbed Kilimanjaro, he says: “It was exhilarating and of course a fantastic experience. The elements were extremely tough; at night the temperatures at the summit were somewhere between minus 15C and minus 25C, while the oxygen level was only around 50% of that at sea level. We managed to trek eight hours each day, except for the final summit day, which took around 16 hours.”

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Paralympian Joe Townsend visits veterans’ mental health charity

Paralympian and former Royal Marine, Joe Townsend visited veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress last week at their Surrey based treatment centre to hand over the funds he raised for the charity.

Joe got involved with Combat Stress last year after taking part in the #22PushupChallenge, a viral social media campaign that aimed to raise awareness and support for veterans’ mental health. Putting his own spin on the challenge Joe completed an alternative type of push-up, called planche push-ups and encouraged supporters to donate by adding an extra push-up for every donation. On the final day of the challenge Joe completed over 100 push-ups, a personal best.

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Skegness blind veteran presented with award for outstanding work with military charity

A blind veteran from Skegness has received a prestigious award from military charity Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Carol Davies, 66 and from Skegness, received the Blind Veterans UK Community Award which is given to recognise the contribution by a blind veteran, spouse, widow or widower to the family of Blind Veterans UK.

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Specsavers Director from Surrey to compete in London Marathon for military charity  

A man from Surrey is set to compete in the London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Lateef Iqbal, 47 and from Farnham, opted to sign up to the mammoth 26-mile challenge after last year sustaining a knee injury which rendered him unable to partake in his extensive list of sporting interests. He says: “I injured my knee, a longstanding niggle that just wouldn’t go away, and the MRI scan basically showed that I couldn’t play badminton, couldn’t play squash, couldn’t swim or play football. The only thing the doctor said I could do was walk!”

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Blind veteran’s granddaughter to run London Marathon for military charity that supported him

A woman from West Yorkshire is set to run the London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, to say thank you for the support it provided to her grandfather.

Kate Foster, 28 and originally from Cleckheaton and now living in Bromley, is running on behalf of the charity which provided her grandfather, Eric, with the means and confidence to lead a prosperous and independent life, despite his complete sight loss.

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OA joins Veterans’ Gateway to provide help and support for the Officer community

The OA are delighted to be part of an expert network of organisations that will help to support the Armed Forces community across the UK and overseas.

Veterans’ Gateway will be the first point of contact for veterans and their families seeking support and aims to make finding the right support easier and quicker – no matter where you are or what you need.

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22nd May 2017: ‘Me Plc’ – Managing your Career through Personal Leadership – London

‘Me Plc’ – A half day workshop on Personal Leadership

Managing Change Through Personal Leadership – Part of the OA’s Series of Personal Development Workshops

Service leavers are being asked to take more responsibility and ownership for their career development. Within the civilian workforce, people are being asked to be more self-managing, entrepreneurial and adaptable.

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3rd May 2017: OA Connect – LinkedIn Workshop – Bristol

Are you unsure how to get started on your LinkedIn profile? Or are you simply concerned that your LinkedIn profile isn’t getting the attention that it should? If you’ve had enough of hearing how important LinkedIn is and are yet to see its value, then this workshop is for you! Our renowned expert and social media consultant, Lincoln Coutts will take the mystery out of LinkedIn and reveal the secrets of creating a profile that shines.

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