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Published on 3 February 2019

Harry makes date with troops in Arctic Circle

The Duke of Sussex will be spending this Valentine’s Day in the Arctic Circle with Royal Marines. Harry will spend his first February 14 as a married man thousands of miles away from the Duchess of Sussex. He will be meeting troops who are being trained in survival in one of the world’s most demanding environments as part of Exercise Clockwork in north Norway. Set 200 miles (322km) inside the Arctic Circle, more than 16,000 Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors and airmen ha...

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Published on 20 January 2019

See what Forgotten Veterans UK say about us

Gary Weaving, Founder & CEO of Forgotten Veterans UK says “In 2018 we started work on the Basha Retreat Project, so our donations from Veterans Raffle couldn’t have come at a better time. The Basha Project is a veterans’ residential retreat at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth and Southsea, this is somewhere for veterans to spend time with others who may be dealing with similar issues; and gain access to mental health support as well as advice on housing, benefits and careers....

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Published on 16 January 2019

Medals stolen from British Army Hero

British Army hero devastated as war medals STOLEN by heartless thieves A WAR HERO soldier who served in the British Army for over 25 years had his medals stolen while on holiday and is offering a reward for their return. Lee Allen has served in some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Island and received medals for his loyal service. After returning from holiday with his partner Zoe Wyrko, the couple found their house in Melton, Suffolk br...

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Published on 13 January 2019

From walking the beat to sleeping on the street

Homeless ex-policeman Russell Monk on how, like many others, he has fallen through the cracks of a broken system. Russell served in Leeds but after struggling with mental health issues he left his job and ended up sleeping rough. To help get back on his feet he has sold The Big Issue in Exeter and London. This is his account of how failings in the system let some people fall through the cracks...... I am writing this article in relation to my experiences, which led me to become homeless in Londo...

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Published on 13 January 2019

Phoenix Heroes hit the streets

Credit where credit is due as Phoenix Heroes CIC go in search for our many homeless veterans who are consistently being discarded and some even totally ignored by our current system. Due to being judged by their cover rather than by their life circumstances, it takes the smaller specialist charitable organisations such as Phoenix Heroes to take the lead and pick up where the largest of our veterans’ charities fall significantly short of the public's expectations of them. We could moan abou...

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Published on 10 January 2019

Veteran raised from the ashes

Veteran Raised From The Ashes Thanks to Tommy Atkins Centre It was just a few short months ago that Geoff Thompson, 59 walked in to the Tommy Atkins Centre in Worcester and told the staff that he was homeless, hungry and haunted by his past. Fast-forward to 4th January 2019 and Geoff set off to Bedford to begin a new career with Dunster. He walked away smiling and thankful for the small veteran centre who turned everything around. Geoff spent his time in the army with the Royal Regiment of Fusil...

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Published on 5 January 2019

Another tragic loss of a life

Man found dead at Huntcliff in Saltburn was 54-year-old Cleveland Police detective. The Cleveland Police Force has paid tribute to a detective who was 'extremely well regarded by his colleagues'.  A serving Detective Inspector from Cleveland Police has been found dead at Huntcliff in Saltburn. The body of 54-year-old Richie Baker was found at the cliffs on Thursday afternoon after officers responded to reports of concerns for the welfare of a man. Det Insp Baker had 28 y...

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Published on 2 January 2019

A Bumper month for the Veterans Raffle

A bumper month for the Veterans Raffle and bucking the national trend for December for a lottery too. It was so encouraging to see entrant numbers for the Veterans Raffle hit an all-time high during the festive period and great to be able to award another seven lucky subscribers a draw prize so soon after Christmas day. What a lovely way to end their Christmas holiday period going into a new year on a high and with some money in their pockets must be a rare thing these days too, but nevertheless...

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Published on 22 December 2018

'Twas the night before Christmas

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE, MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.   I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY, WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO, IN THIS HOME, DID LIVE.   I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE.   NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES, OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.   WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL...

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Published on 11 December 2018

Veterans Raffle to the Rescue

Last month, a donation from Veterans Raffle was used to replace stolen equipment from one of Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing’s emergency mental health response cars. Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing currently have four response vehicles to deal with mental health crises. They provide an invaluable service that’s available to veterans across Norfolk and Suffolk who experience an emergency mental health crisis outside of regular working hours.    Luke at Walnut Tree Health a...

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