Deeside blind veteran enjoys ‘miracle march’ at the Cenotaph in London just two weeks after heart attack

A blind veteran from Deeside has marched at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday (12/11) with the charity Blind Veterans UK just two weeks after suffering a heart attack.

John Robinson, 51 and from Connah’s Quay, marched with more than 100 other blind veterans supported by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. He marched only one week after being discharged from hospital.

John, who has suffered a heart attack before, began to feel unwell and felt chest pains on Sunday 29 October. He says: “It started to get really quite bad so an ambulance was called and took me to the Countess of Chester Hospital. It was there that they confirmed that I had had a heart attack.”

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Another BIG success for the Forces Pension Society

In yet another significant campaigning triumph the Society has successfully argued the case for reinstating the “Short-Term Family Pension”.

The Short-Term Family Pension is a special payment made immediately following bereavement under the 1975 scheme – the widow or widower or civil partner will continue to receive pensionable pay (or full pension, if in payment) for three or six months following the death of the scheme member. This has always been seen as a way of providing short-term financial support at a very difficult time.

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New Recovery Equipment Transforms the Life of Royal Navy Weapons Engineer

A former Royal Navy Weapons Engineer whose life has been transformed by new recovery equipment has described the charitable help that she received as a “godsend”.

Naomi Lynch, 35, from Plymouth was a Weapons Engineer with the Royal Navy who served in the Gulf with HMS Northumberland.

During the course of a routine fitness session ET WE Lynch tore her hamstring on a treadmill and fell, severely injuring her hip. Such was the seriousness of her injury, Naomi underwent several surgeries and spent prolonged periods in hospital.

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New research finds mental health stigma is not a main barrier to ex-Service personnel seeking help

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) funded research released today, Tuesday 14th November, reveals stigma does not have a significant impact in preventing ex-Service personnel from seeking help for mental health problems. Research by King’s College London shows that the decision to seek help is mainly influenced by the veteran’s perceived need for treatment.

Information was gathered from 62 in-depth telephone interviews with male veterans who had left the Armed Forces in the last five years. Interviews focused on veterans’ perception of their own mental health, of barriers and facilitators to help seeking, and their mental health care experiences.

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Edinburgh – Remembrance Day service

Frank Ross, the Right Honourable Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, was joined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and fellow politicians, as well as members of the Armed Forces community, for a ceremony at the Stone of Remembrance to mark Remembrance Sunday today (November 12th).

More than 100 wreaths were laid at the poignant service, organised by Legion Scotland at the City Chambers, to remember those who have fallen in conflicts. Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE, the President of Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland, read Binyon’s Lines after the bugler had played the Last Post.

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Edinburgh falls silent at Armistice Day service

The firing of the Edinburgh Castle gun signalled the start of the Armistice Day Service, in Edinburgh, today (Saturday 11th November). A two-minute silence followed thereafter before the Rev Dr Karen K Campbell conducted the service in the Garden of Remembrance.

Members of the Armed Forces community, including veterans, attended the poignant event, organised by Legion Scotland, to remember those who have fallen in conflicts. Frank Ross, the Right Honourable Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, led a special group of wreath-layers at an event that was open to the public. The ‘Poppy Bus’ – provided by Lothian Buses and appropriately numbered 11 – halted beside the Garden of Remembrance at 11am.

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Serving soldiers visit veterans at local charity

On Monday 6 November, soldiers from 12 Regiment, Royal Artillery based at Thorney Island, joined Worthing Mayor, Cllr Alex Harman, to open the Garden of Remembrance at Worthing Town Hall.

The soldiers, along with representatives of local charity, Care for Veterans, local dignitaries, military associations and schools, attended the ceremony to launch Remembrance Week, which honours those members of the armed forces who have been killed in conflict.

Following the ceremony, the soldiers returned to Care for Veterans to meet with the veterans the charity cares for, which has now become an annual tradition.

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Two men | the 5 biggest islands on earth | one world record

A former Royal Marine battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is about to embark on the third stage of his record attempt to cross the world’s five largest islands completely unsupported thanks to Help for Heroes funding.

Louis Nethercott, 28, of Wiltshire, will today begin his trek across Madagascar, travelling east to west following the historical lighthouses scattered across the coastline. He will be relying solely on human power to do so. He is being supported in his world record attempt by military charity, Help for Heroes, who have grant funded £10,000 for the expedition, the likes of which has never been attempted before.

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Military Community take to the stage for Remembrance Sunday performance

A unique collaboration of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, veterans and their families from across the UK will take to the stage this weekend for a one-off Remembrance performance at the Newcastle Theatre Royal.

The Royal British Legion’s recovery through the arts initiative, Bravo 22 Company, is delivered in partnership with The Drive Project and in collaboration with Newcastle Theatre Royal to put on the production on Remembrance Sunday.

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