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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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Published on 6 December 2018

The best veteran charities to donate to

We know that with nearly 1900 registered veterans’ charities it can be confusing to know which veterans lottery to support. Why should you have to put in so much effort to ‘vet the vets’ charities when all you want to do is a good deed? It can be time-consuming and just plain overwhelming, but Veterans Raffle is here to help guide you through the confusion. There are so many to choose from with specialisms in different areas and so many questions that will be whizzing...

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Published on 9 November 2018

WW2 Veteran left for dead by burglars.

A £10,000 reward has been offered to catch those responsible for a horrific attack on a 98-year-old Second World War veteran who is fighting for his life. Peter Gouldstone remains in a critical condition following a robbery at his home in Enfield, north London. His family released a picture of the former telephone engineer hooked up to a life-support machine in hospital, where he is receiving treatment for severe injuries - including two bleeds on the brain. Police are yet to find tho...

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Published on 4 October 2018

Veterans Raffle Enjoys Military Spectacular

On 29 September, some of the Veterans Raffle team were lucky enough to visit Longleat’s Military Spectacular – a wonderful celebration of the armed forces and an opportunity for the public to give thanks. For the second year running, this celebration of the armed services took place over the last weekend of September. As well as playing host to a wealth of impressive armoured combat vehicles for land and sea, interactive demonstrations and rousing musical processions,...

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Published on 25 September 2018

A Successful Veterans Raffle Rebrand

Veterans Raffle launched in May 2018 and now provides the public the opportunity for a feel-good factor whilst donating to specialist UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities. After being awarded a government grant for digital marketing this raffle has gone back to the drawing board with regard to its marketing strategy. Originally branded as the YES Society Charity Raffle, the first port of call was to choose a trading name that truly represented what they actually do and why...

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Published on 1 September 2018

Fortune Knocks Twice

Fortune has knocked twice for a very lucky Worthing couple. A lucky couple have each won a draw prize in the new Veterans Raffle, promoted by YES Society. The raffle supports a selection of specialist UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities that are desperately in need of additional funding. The Veterans Raffle is the only UK lottery to apportion 95% of total lottery proceeds to charity & prizes combined.  Mark, a self-confessed petrol head and lover of military aviation too, s...

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