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Veterans’ charity seeks volunteers

Worthing-based charity, Care for Veterans, is on the lookout for people of all ages, skills and backgrounds to support its work with disabled veterans by becoming volunteers.

For 100 years, Care for Veterans has provided residential nursing care and rehabilitation to anyone who has served in the Armed Forces. The charity relies on dedicated volunteers to help in a variety of ways, including at fundraising events, gardening, spending time with resident veterans, and admin work.

Fundraising Officer, Sue Harris, who looks after the charity’s volunteers, explains,

“Volunteers give priceless support to our services; with their help we can reach and support more veterans. Whatever your background, you’ll find that volunteering for Care for Veterans is extremely rewarding, and knowing that you are helping to make a difference is a great feeling.”

Rachael McWilliam is a former RAF Aerospace Systems Operator and has been volunteering at Care for Veterans for over a year. She says,

“I feel Care for Veterans is such a fantastic charity to be part of, as our veterans deserve our support, and there are so many ways you can help out that can fit in easily with your life. I have a young daughter and I’m amazed at how much I can volunteer whilst still being there for her. Care for Veterans has given me the life balance I needed since becoming a civilian.”

If you would like to find out more, call 01903 218444 or visit www.careforveterans.org.uk

Notes to editors:

  • Care for Veterans (formerly The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home) was established in 1919 – the charity celebrates its centenary this year.
  • Care for Veterans is a registered charity, providing care and rehabilitation for physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their families. Our residents’ needs are complex and many have multiple disabilities. Many have an Acquired Brain Injury and some have neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Others are paralysed or do not have use of their limbs and some are terminally ill. We support on average 140 residents a year.
  • We care for up to 60 residents at any one time.
  • Our residents are aged between 33 and 100.
  • Our residents represent the tri-services: Royal Navy, Army and RAF.
  • Services at Care for Veterans include nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, an active social and recreation department, rehabilitation kitchen, a chaplaincy service, counselling, IT facilities, a rehabilitation garden, sensory room, coffee shop and function room and regular outings on our specially adapted coach.
  • With no regular government funding, Care for Veterans must raise over £1.9 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Servicemen and women.
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