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SSAFA Southend Veterans’ Club welcome Mark Francois MP

Former Minister of State for the Armed Forces and current MP for Rayleigh and Wickford attended the weekly session

On Thursday 30th November, the Southend Veterans’ Club welcomed Mark Francois, Conservative MP for Rayleigh and Wickford.

The visit was part of Mark’s ongoing commitment and personal interest in the military community, which he is closely affiliated with.

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CEO Visits Veterans Village

Lee Holloway, OA CEO, saw at first-hand how the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) supports the Armed Forces community.

The RBLI is a leading employment charity for veterans, especially those with disabilities. The RBLI village in Kent provides housing, training, career opportunities, welfare support and care to more than 300 people.

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Princess visits charity that cares for veterans

Last week, HRH Princess Alexandra came to Worthing to visit residents and staff at local charity, Care for Veterans, of which she is President.

The charity (formerly known as The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home), has recently extended one of its wings, to enlarge and improve the facilities in two existing rooms and build two additional single en-suite rooms. This not only provides two more beds, enabling the charity to care for more veterans and their family members, but it also gives greater flexibility when admitting both permanent and respite residents.

Her Royal Highness came to officially open the extended ward, which has been renamed the Richmond Wing.

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HRH Princess Alexandra to visit Care for Veterans

On Tuesday 31 October, HRH Princess Alexandra will come to Worthing to visit veterans and staff at local charity, Care for Veterans, of which she is President.

Thanks to a generous grant from the LIBOR Fund, the charity (formerly known as The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home), has been able to build an extension to one of its wings, to enlarge and improve the facilities in two existing rooms and build two additional single en-suite rooms. This not only provides two more beds, enabling the charity to care for more veterans and their family members, but it also gives greater flexibility when admitting both permanent and respite residents.

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NFA Contributes To New Exhibition At Blenheim Palace

The Not Forgotten Association is delighted to be involved in the latest exciting exhibition run by the Blenheim Art Foundation. Entitled ‘SOFTER: Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace’, this solo exhibition by the renowned American artist addresses our military and political history in relation to themes of power, conflict and activism. The exhibition opened on September 28th and runs until December 31st at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

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Prince Harry’s visit to the ‘Veterans Village’ on Monday 4th September 2017

Walking With The Wounded welcomed Expedition Patron, Prince Harry, back to Canada Street in Manchester to see what had been achieved since the major DIY SOS transformation took place in 2015.

The ‘Veterans Village’ – once a dilapidated street on the outskirts of Manchester, is now home to some ex-servicemen and women who initially struggled with the transition back into civvy-live after leaving the Armed Forces.

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Help for Heroes Fund Visit For 36 Servicemen And Veterans To Passchendaele Centenary

The Not Forgotten Association conducted a battlefield tour of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, over the centenary commemorations. We were privileged to be invited to the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery commemorative service on Monday 31st July and led the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony on Tuesday 1st August.

The tour was most generously funded by Help for Heroes and our group included a WWII veteran, serving personnel and representatives of most campaigns in between. We were delighted to welcome members of Blesma and veterans from the WRAC, the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, SAS, the Scottish Regiments and others.

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Veterans’ Ministers from around the globe visit Stoll

Stoll has welcomed an international delegation including Veterans’ Ministers from around the world to meet Veterans in London. Ministers from the British Government, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand discussed the bespoke housing and employment support that helps ex-Servicemen and women lead independent lives.

The delegation toured Stoll’s main housing scheme which is home to 150 Veterans, many of whom have experienced mental illness and physical injuries as a result of their Service.

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Help 4 Homeless Veterans CEO and Chairman of Trustees visit Rotherham Mayor

Steve Bentham-Bates CEO and Doncaster Councillor John Healy Chair of Trustees of Help 4 Homeless Veterans met up with Councillor Eve Rose Keenan and her husband consort Pat at a tea held for veterans and took the opportunity to view the memorial painting of Rotherham Soldier Sgt Ian Mckay VC Parachute Regiment who died during the Falklands War 35 years this month.

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