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18 June 2021 (Edition - Issue 23)

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8 Days to go
ARMED FORCES DAY - Saturday 26 June 2021

 

ABOUT


Only 8 days to go until this years Armed Forces Day.

What?

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.

When?

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.  In 2021, it will take place on Saturday 26 June.

Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 21 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Find out more about events and how to take part on the Armed Forces Day website here

Employment, Training & Transition Support

             Informing Scotland Project Officer           

 

ROLE PROFILE – INFORMING SCOTLAND PROJECT OFFICER

FULL OR PART TIME (0.8 FTE) TEMPORARY (3 YEARS MAY 2021 – MAR 2024)

Overview

Veterans Scotland is seeking a Project Officer to deliver our ‘Informing Scotland’ project. Veterans Scotland’s mission is:

‘Veterans Scotland will represent and support the interests of its member organisations, and promote mutually beneficial collaboration, in order to enhance the well-being of the AFVC across Scotland.’

The Veterans Scotland Informing Scotland Project is a 3 year project, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust. It seeks to inform and educate: staff, policy makers and leaders in statutory and non-statutory organisations across Scotland about their obligations to the Armed Forces Covenant and how they may adapt their policies and working practices to ensure that these obligations are met. The post holder will enable a better understanding of the Armed Forces Covenant across Scotland; this is becoming increasingly important as elements of the Covenant become enshrined in law.

Target audiences include, but are not restricted to: Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, Statutory Organisations and Employers, as well as providers of Education, Housing, Health, and the ex-Service and other Third Sector organisations.

The deadline for applications is now the 23rd June 2021.



A world of opportunity exists for ex-Servicemen and women when they leave the Armed Forces. SaluteMyJob is a business with a social purpose that works to connect members of the Armed Forces community with the opportunities available to them.
 
Helping jobseekers at any stage of their military transition or career journey to plan and prepare for their next job, SaluteMyJob provides free employment-related resources, advice and training to veterans, reservists and their families. SaluteMyJob’s free online training platform, which is exclusive to the Armed Forces community, enables them to adapt or develop the skills they need to improve their competitiveness and to secure successful employment.
 
Alongside its career support, SaluteMyJob works with supportive employers around the UK to provide the Armed Forces community with access to relevant jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and more. These organisations and their opportunities feature in SaluteMyJob’s unique directory of Forces-friendly employers.
 
Register with SaluteMyJob to find out more.

How To Translate Your Military Skills & Experience into Civvy Language

 

You will have acquired a diverse and well-developed set of hard and soft skills from your service in the Armed Forces. From discipline and leadership to adaptability, excellent communication skills and the ability to get things done, you’ll possess many qualities that will be highly transferable to Civvy Street.

However, although you might have lots to offer, it can be difficult for employers to grasp the value of your military experiences and skills, and understand how they will apply to their business. So, it’s crucial that you take the time to ‘translate’ your skills, qualifications, military job titles and any military-specific terms into “civvy speak” so that employers can understand a bit more about you,what you have achieved and how you will add value. 

—> DOWNLOAD OUR FREE SKILLS TRANSLATION WORKBOOK

PACE in the Armed Forces Community – Defence Transition Services, Veterans Welfare Service & Poppyscotland
 


 
Additional information and advice is available on the My World of Work website Link here
Funding & Financial Support

Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund has been established to support the sustainability of third sector Armed Forces Community organisations whose operations and income have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The fund will offer grants towards core operating and running costs until the end of March 2022.

The fund is open to third sector organisations whose primary charitable purpose is to support the Armed Forces Community, as well as organisations for whom the Armed Forces Community comprise a significant portion of their beneficiaries.

The maximum grant amount that an organisation can apply for will be determined by the number of Armed Forces Community beneficiaries that are supported. Further details about this are included in the eligibility criteria below.

The fund will open for applications on Friday 4th June. The closing date for applications will be 12 noon on Friday 16th July. All applications are to be completed online using the link to the application form which will appear at the bottom of this page on 4th June.

Before starting an application it is extremely important that you read the eligibility criteria and exclusions.

Further information can be found on the website link below:
 
Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund

New funding to give veterans access to better places, pathways and people 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) has launched a new Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund programme, which will work regionally to develop better, more joined up lasting support for local veterans with mental health needs.

The Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People programme will award 10 portfolio grants of up to £800,000, including one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and seven in England. The grants will be made to individual organisations, who will manage a portfolio of projects.

The Trust will be prioritising applications that clearly demonstrate a proven ability to take a co-ordinated and informed approach across their country or region.

Places, Pathways, People 

Successful applications will ensure there are connected pathways that work well for veterans, that there are safe places for veterans to go which connect into these pathways, and that volunteers and staff who support veterans have access to training and work closely with other organisations within veterans’ mental health pathways.

Melloney Poole, Chief Executive of the Trust, said:

“Through working together, we anticipate that the sum of the projects within a portfolio will deliver more than the organisations working separately could ever achieve. A strong application will show that the organisational connections that will be made will ensure that veterans with mental health needs have access to effective pathways of care and support in their region; and that they have safe places to go to access support, reduce isolation and support positive mental health.”

Planning your application

This is a complex programme and any organisation that is interested in applying to be a Portfolio Lead should read the programme guidance and other support resources available on the Trust’s website, very carefully.

Initial short applications, setting out an intention to make a full application, need to be submitted to the Trust by 23 July.

Find out more

Full programme eligibility information and guidance is available on the Trust’s website: http://covenantfund.org.uk/

Grants from The Veterans' Foundation


The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to cover pandemic-induced need and other ‘normal’ grants.  The former may be considered out-of-committee and decided upon within a week. The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K, however, we have also introduced a few salary grants, which can provide up to £40K spread over two years for salaries, only salaries, to help small and medium-wealth organisations.  The application process for all grants is online here: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk.

Deadlines for submission through 2021 are as follows: 
  • 27 August

  • 12 November

Restarting Fundraising Activities - short guidance

One of the key impacts of COVID-19 on charities has been the way in which it has affected certain types of fundraising activity.  In our most recent surveys, over 50% of charities reported that their fundraising had been negatively affected by COVID-19 and the associated restrictions. 

Now that restrictions are beginning to ease in Scotland, it will be a priority for many charities to look at how they can restart these fundraising activities.  For these charities, we have produced some short guidance on restarting fundraising, which also has links to other useful sources of support. 

Welcome to the Money Map

Citizens Advice Scotland's Money Map will help you find sources of online support to: 

  • Increase your income 
  • Reduce your bills 
  • Ease the costs of daily living

Health Information

Get a record of your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status

Your vaccination status is a record of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you have received.

Your status includes your name, date of birth, and any coronavirus vaccinations you have received in Scotland.

Do not contact your GP practice about your coronavirus vaccination status. GP's cannot provide letters showing your coronavirus vaccination status.

The name and address on your vaccination status will match the information on your GP patient record at the time of your first vaccination. If your address on your status is out of date you can still use it for international travel, providing your name and date of birth are correct.

Coronavirus vaccination status can be accessed by anyone who has had a dose of the coronavirus vaccine. This includes those aged 16 and 17 who have had the vaccine.

You cannot be tracked by your vaccination status and your personal information is not shared with third parties.

What your vaccination record can be used for

Your vaccination status can be used to confirm that you have received a dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Coronavirus vaccination status might be required when you are travelling internationally. There are international plans to issue coronavirus COVID Status Certificates for travel in future, however, nothing has been agreed yet.

You can get access to your coronavirus vaccination status if you chose to travel, and need to provide a record of your vaccination status by the destination country or your travel operator.

It is your responsibility to check what the requirements are to enter the country you are travelling to. It is also your responsibility to check what the requirements are to return to Scotland from your country of travel.

Housing

SFHA releases new report on evictions and prevention work in housing association sector

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has released a new report today (Thursday 17 June) which details the process for evictions in the social housing sector and highlights the work that housing associations and co-operatives carry out to help tenants to remain in their homes.
Full Story
 

Scottish Government issues charter consultation paper

The Scottish Government has issued a paper outlining its review of Scottish Social Housing Charter. It is asking for responses by 9 September 2021, and SFHA will be submitting a response.
Full Story
 
Policy Update / Policy / Governance And Regulation /
 
 

Designing user-centred services for tenants

As part of the SFHA Engagement Conference on 10 June 2021, Fin Smith shared Clyde Valley Group’s user-centred, service design approach to the customer experience. Sarah Hill, Design Co-ordinator at SFHA reflects on her five key takeaways from Fin’s session and her own experiences of design thinking. 
Full Story
 
 

Information and Resources

Veterans Assist Scotland

The Veterans Assist Scotland Website has a wide range of information and advice available including the details for the various Armed Forces and Veterans Champions.

Veterans Assist Scotland (veterans-assist.org)

Veterans Assist Scotland - looks to signpost and connect the Veterans' Community including their families, with the organisations and services best placed to help with information, advice and support that they may need from across Scotland.



 

Resources

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


An updated copy of the information booklet as at 03 June 2021 is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates

Royal British Legion Scotland Centenary information


2021 marks 100 years since the start of the Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland). 

At the conclusion of the First World War there were millions of service personnel seeking to re-establish themselves in civilian life, and many hundreds of thousands of women and children were left widowed and fatherless.

In 1920 Earl Haig and those associated with him, the leaders of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers, the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers, the Comrades of the Great War and the Officer’s Association set to work to bring the organisations together for form a united body to support the ex-service community.

Thus, the Legion was born, with the first Unity Conference taking place on the 18th of June 1921, at St Cuthbert’s Church, in Edinburgh and the title of “The British Legion” was adopted.

The name was amended in August 1921 to “The British Legion (Scotland)”, later amended in 1950 to “The British Legion Scotland” and on our 50th Anniversary in 1971 granted today’s title “The Royal British Legion Scotland” by HM The Queen, the Legion’s Patron.

The centenary will be launched on the 18th of June at 11am and in the following 12 months there will be many opportunities for members and supporters of the organisation to get involved.

There will be a live broadcast on social media at 11am on the 18th of June while wreaths are laid simultaneously across the country at local war memorials.  The invite to participate is open to all and more information on how to purchase a wreath and get involved is available here https://www.legionscotland.org.uk/News/rbls-centenary-wreath

On the 19th of June the first online auction will go live with more than 20 fantastic lots available.  Reserve prices start from as little as £40. Further details of the lots and how to bid are available here (insert link when available).  All profits raised from the online auction will help Legion Scotland continue their work in support of veterans and their families across Scotland.

For the philatelist’s out there you may be interested to know that we have commissioned a Centenary stamp cover in collaboration with the British Forces Philatelic Society and these can be purchased from the online shop. 100 of these covers have been personally signed by the National President, Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE.  Further details available here https://www.legionscotland.org.uk/news/bfps-celebrate-our-centenary-year

Details of upcoming events over the summer and beyond to mark the Centenary will be covered on our website  https://www.legionscotland.org.uk/ and social media https://www.facebook.com/LegionScotland

Find out more on the Legion Scotland website here

Officers Association Scotland Welfare Update



Scotland’s OA exists to provide support and relief to serving and retired officers and their families. We are delighted to announce that our enhanced welfare support is to continue with the provision of Bursary and Organisational grants to complement our annual and individual grants.
Financial challenges can happen to anyone, and we are here to provide tailored financial support to meet the needs of serving and retired officers and their families.  Sometimes that’s long term help and advice such as lifelong grants. Sometimes it’s short term help, to get people past the inevitable bumps in the road of life. Our grants are wide-ranging and cover areas such as home repairs or adaptations, replacement household goods and clothing. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you need support. Email GetHelp@poppyscotland.org.uk or call 0131 550 1557.
 
Bursary Award
Our Bursary Awards are designed to support officers who wish to enhance their learning in order to find that right career. This grant is designed to enable self-development, to achieve and progress in the desired career. It can be used for a specific training programme, Higher or Further Education. Applications are open all year round and are reviewed each quarter. Visit Bursary Award - Scotland's Officers Association (oascotland.org.uk) to apply today.
 
Organisational Grants
We are delighted to be able to provide financial support to fantastic Veteran Charities across Scotland. We know how challenging the last year and a half has been, and we hope we can help make a difference for these charities. This year we are focusing on sustainability and so are delighted to offer multiple year funding to support core and or capital costs. Our applications will open on 1st July and close on 17th September. Visit Organisational Grants - Scotland's Officers Association (oascotland.org.uk) for further details and how to apply.

Officer takes on epic 840km cycle to raise money for SSAFA and NHS Charities Together

Lt Cdr Doc Cox, UK Armed Forces Director of Rugby, will be taking on an epic 840km cycle from Glasgow to London in just 10 days to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and NHS Charities Together.

Lt Cdr Doc Cox, alongside his team, will be travelling 840km from Glasgow SEC (NHS Louisa Jordan) to the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel in London, to raise money for SSAFA and NHS Charities Together.

Doc will begin his cycle on Friday 25 June from Glasgow SEC and then cycle 77.7km to Edinburgh Castle. From Edinburgh, Doc will cycle via the following destinations:

  • Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Nightingale North East, Sunderland
  • Thirsk
  • Harrogate
  • Castleford
  • Rotherham
  • Chesterfield
  • Derby
  • Lichfield
  • NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham – Birmingham NEC
  • Royal Leamington Spa
  • Bletchley Road
  • Permanent Join Headquarters in Northwood, London
  • NHS Nightingale Hospital London – London Excel

Doc recently received his 2nd Long Service and Good Conduct Bar after 38 and a half years’ service, joining the Royal Navy in June 1984. However, Doc has always had a strong connection with rugby, even when on operation. In 2008, he helped coach the inaugural Afghanistan national players, then in Tanzania, Ukraine and more recently, Nigeria, has been out on the training paddock, helping to develop local sides and players. In 2019, he took on the role of Director of Rugby for the UK Armed Forces Rugby team.

Doc will be supported on his 840km route by Nathan ‘Pony’ Moore. Pony joined the Royal Navy in March 200 and has served on HMS Quorn, HMS Newcastle, HMS Manchester, HMS Edinburgh, and HMS Diamond, as well as shore appoints with HMS Collingwood, Navy Command HQ (Portsmouth) FLEET IS Support Unit and most recently, the Overseas Patrol Squadron HQ.

Doc said:

I wanted to do something to say ‘thank you very much’ to the NHS for all that they’ve done during Covid-19 over the last 12 to 16 months, and also to SSAFA for the support that they’ve given families during this incredible unprecedented time.”

“I suppose you can tie that also into the fact that servicemen and women last year were paramount in building the Nightingale centres. It’s a way of saying thank you to them/”

“I am excited to be taking on this challenge for two incredible charities: SSAFA and NHS Charities Together. It will be incredibly tough as I attempt to cycle 840km in just 10 days, but it will be worth it when I reach NHS Nightingale in London on Sunday 6th July.”

The cycle challenge is estimated to take 10 days, beginning on Friday 25 June, and finishing on Sunday 6 July at the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel in London.

If you would like to support Doc and his team raise money for SSAFA and NHS Charities Together, please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DoRNightingaleChallenge



 
Whilst golf is predominantly an individual sport, Paul is perhaps best known for his successful performances in team competitions having won the World Cup for Ireland in 1997 alongside Padraig Harrington, playing in three winning Ryder Cups sides in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and crowning his Ryder Cup career by captaining the victorious GB&I team in the 2014 match at Gleneagles. 
 
 

Commenting on his Ambassadorial role, Paul said “Serving in the military is about teamwork and I am delighted to be bringing my experiences in this area to help the Foundation as the beneficiaries look to recover from their life-changing injuries through learning and playing the sport of golf as a group activity before embarking on individual careers within the industry.” 
 
On Course foundation is thrilled to have such a high-profile name join its list of Ambassadors and help raise awareness of its work.  As a charity that operates solely within the niche area of golf, Paul’s association can only enhance its profile amongst the golfing family that have done so much to support the lives of our injured Servicemen and women since it was founded eleven years ago.
 

On Course Foundation is delighted to announce that Paul McGinley is to become an Ambassador and has agreed to represent the military charity as it continues its mission to support the recovery of wounded Service personnel and veterans through the sport of golf.

“We Also Served” Research Report Launch

Report launch on Tuesday 22 June @ 9:30 am to 11:00 am

 

The Cobseo Female Veteran Cluster, in conjunction with the Veterans and Families institute for Military Social Research (VFI) Anglia Ruskin, would like to invite you to the virtual launch of our new report, “We Also Served: The Health and Well-being of Female Veterans in the UK” on the 22nd June 9.30-11.00am.

In June 2020, the Cobseo Female Veteran Cluster commissioned the VFI to undertake a scoping study into the health and well-being needs of female veterans in the UK, identify gaps in research utilising national and international research, and to provide a framework for prioritising research and other activities with female veterans in the UK going forward.

In this interactive webinar, Dr Lauren Godier-McBard (Senior Research Fellow and Women and Equalities Lead, VFI) will present the findings of this project, exploring the factors impacting on UK female veteran’s health and well-being. This will be followed by reflections from representatives of Cobseo, NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, and the Ministry of Defence on the significance of this research, and a Q&A panel session, where the audience can submit questions.

Following the launch event, the full report will be available for download and the link circulated on the day.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/we-also-served-research-launch-tickets-158956923437

QARANC Association launch new website

We have a new look! We are launching our new and improved QARANC Association website, with new branding on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

https://www.facebook.com/qarancassociation

https://www.instagram.com/qarancassociation/

We have also launched a QARANC page on Defence Connect.  Please take a look and tell us what you think!

A quote from the Regimental Secretary, Mrs Sue McAteer

“On behalf of the RHQ team and Board of Trustees I am proud and excited to announce the launch of our new website.  Designed to inform our existing members as well as attract new ones, it will provide easy access to everything you need to know about the QA Association.  It has been developed with you in mind and will continue to evolve to meet your needs.  Explore and enjoy!”

Visit our website to find out more about our membership, events, grants, personal development, benevolence and much more.

A quote from Col Alison Farmer ARRC QHN

“Welcome to the new QARANC Association website; we have listened to your comments and the QARANC RHQ have worked hard to upgrade the site.

On behalf of the RHQ team, I hope that you will enjoy the new look and find it exciting, useful and informative. Please let us know what you think!”

Sub cruce candida

Did you know that the Association can help fund events and sporting activities and support members when in need. The new website makes it easy to apply for help; Whatever the need, Whenever you need it.

The QARANC Association is open to all, regular, reserves and retired members. We encourage you all to join and be part of what we’ll be introducing over the next few months.

Sign up to join the Association and get access to our newsletter.  Keep in touch and up to date with the latest information and what other QA personnel are up to.

WE CAN’T WAIT TO WELCOME YOU INTO OUR FAMILY

Your Membership Matters. Whether you are regular, reserve, or retired, you can join us and play a vital role in our continuing effort to provide friendship and support to the QARANC community.

Visit the new website to find out how www.qarancassociation.org.uk

Thousands of Friendships Formed!


There's still time to host a picnic for #ArmedForcesDay and raise much-needed funds for Veterans. We're asking you to host a picnic, big or small, in the run-up to 26th June and raise funds for Erskine.

Find out more and sign up at https://bit.ly/3wEmM4z

Charity seeks wounded veterans for Long Way Up sailing adventure


A Cornish charity has launched a campaign to find a team of wounded veterans for an ambitious 2,000-mile sailing expedition from Land’s End to John O’ Groats – and back.

Wounded veterans sailing

Turn to Starboard is offering a unique opportunity for 50 ex-Service personnel who have been wounded or injured to join the epic challenge for a one-way voyage in either direction.

The Long Way Up will see a fleet of five yachts set sail from Land’s End on September 7, 2021. Crew members will spend around three weeks at sea navigating the west coast of mainland Britain while learning to sail under expert tuition from professional instructors.

Turn to Starboard CEO and founder, Shaun Pascoe, said:

“The aim of this exciting challenge is for wounded veterans to experience the therapeutic effects of sailing and the sea, meet people facing similar challenges as their own and gain valuable new skills.

“Crew members can choose to either set sail from Land’s End or John O’Groats on a 1,000 nautical-mile trip and enjoy stunning views along Britain’s wild coastline. Each participant will get the chance to develop their sailing ability and skippering skills, learn about navigation, meteorology, safety and signals. There’s no doubt each person will return as a competent sailor and have the option to continue their training with the charity and put themselves forward for an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore assessment. This valuable qualification allows the holder to work professionally in the boating industry as a delivery skipper, on a superyacht or as a sailing instructor and is recognised worldwide as a certificate of competency.

LEGION SCOTLAND CELEBREATES CENTENARY YEAR

 
On 18th June 1921, with the trauma and painful after-effects of the First World War crippling the nation, four ex-service organisations came together at St Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh to unite for the greater good of the nation. At that moment, the British Legion was born and today, 100 years later, a year of centenary celebrations is being launched in recognition of this historic, national institution.
 
The Unity Conference, led by Field Marshall Earl Haig, set out to bring members of the Armed Forces and wider community together in the spirit of comradeship. His vision was for a cohesive, single organisation with a democratic constitution that brought likeminded individuals together for a common purpose—to champion the rights of veterans and their families.
 
Some of the earliest work carried out by the Legion was to help returned servicemen, or their widows, obtain their due pensions. They also engaged with the Ministry of Labour Department to help support veterans find suitable employment. Today, Legion Scotland remains at the heart of the military community, providing support and solidarity. Legion Scotland also ensures the memory of those who fell in the First World War, and every conflict since, is never forgotten.
 
Dr Claire Armstrong, Chief Executive of Legion Scotland said: “We are extremely proud to have reached our centenary year. It is a momentous occasion, not only for us as an organisation but for the wider public. Since our formation, the Legion has stood as a collective voice for the ex-service community in Scotland and this continues today. Although we were founded in the aftermath of the Great War, there have been many conflicts since, and it’s vital that all veterans are supported and remembered regardless of when and where they served.
 
“Legion Scotland’s heart is in local communities with more than 20,000 members, 142 branches and 60 clubs in towns and villages across the country. No national or local wreath-laying ceremony would be complete without Legion representation and while many people associate November as the time of remembrance, we ensure that war memorials all over Scotland remain an important focal point for commemorations throughout the year.
 
“Today we are delighted to kick off our centenary celebration by honouring those that came before us, those that will come after us and most importantly all of the men and women in Scotland who have served and are serving our nation.”
 
Today at 11am, a socially distanced service of celebration and commemoration will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church, led by Reverend Dr Karen Campbell BD(Hons) MTh DMin National Chaplain of the Royal British Legion Scotland and Legion Scotland National Chairman, with representatives from the Armed Forces, Merchant Navy, The War Widows and Poppyscotland in attendance. Simultaneously, over 100 commemorative centenary wreaths will be laid at war memorials across the country by branch and club members as the entire Legion family comes together to mark the momentous milestone.
 
This will be followed by an exciting programme of centenary activity throughout the remainder of 2021, starting with a Legion Scotland’s Riders Branch tour of Scotland. The ‘National Ride Out’ will leave from St Cuthbert’s today and, over the course of the summer, travel the length and breadth of Scotland visiting every Legion area in the process. An online auction goes live on Saturday 19th June and includes scores of sought-after items, from a trip for four to the 2022 Masters golf tournament at Augusta and other sporting packages, to rare Poppies from the Tower of London display and other military memorabilia. Bidding starts at just £35, and all money raised will go to support the Legion’s vital work.
 
COVID restrictions allowing, in September more than 100 pipers will take part in a special Beating Retreat event in Dundee, where the winning entry of Legion Scotland’s pipe tune writing competition will be performed by the massed bands. Then in November there will be a Centenary Concert held at St Cuthbert’s Church that will feature a spectacular military musical line up and special guests.
 
Dr Armstrong added: “Over the last 100 years, Legion Scotland has seen many changes and we have developed and adapted our work to meet the needs of veterans of all ages in an ever-changing military landscape. In 1926, our founder Field Marshal Earl Haig said: ‘We join the Legion not to get anything out of it, but in order to help others’. This ethos is as palpable and important today as it was in the Legion’s early years.
 
“I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to everyone from trustees, branch and club members, our other like-minded military organisations, civilians and most importantly, our veterans and Armed Forces community, whom we will continue to honour and remember for the next 100 years.”
 
The service of celebration at St Cuthbert’s Church and national wreath-laying will be broadcast live today at 11am on the Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland Facebook and Youtube channels. For more information on Legion Scotland and the upcoming centenary events schedule please visit www.legionscotland.org.uk

Military Charity CEO to cycle distance of 7 marathons in 24 hours to support veterans.

  • Fergus Williams, CEO of WWTW, to cycle 200 miles
  • Taking place on Monday June 21st
  • Fergus will be cycling from WWTW’s hub in Manchester to WWTW HQ in Stody, Norfolk

Former Welsh Guardsman and Walking With The Wounded (‘WWTW’) CEO, Fergus Williams, is preparing to set off on a 200-mile cycle from the WWTW North West Hub in Canada Street, Manchester to the WWTW Head Quarters in Stody, Norfolk. Leaving early on Monday 21 June, Fergus is planning to complete the challenge in 24 hours.

Fergus Williams explains,

The Longest Day is a fantastic challenge that anyone can take on. I have decided to cycle between two WWTW hubs to raise awareness of the vital work that our team does to support those who serve and to raise vital funds. Whilst I will certainly find this cycle ride challenging, it pales in comparison to the obstacles those who served overcome as they transition to life after Service.”

In 2015, WWTW opened a regional hub in Manchester which was built by Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team to support the local ex-service community. As well as providing an office for our North West team, the hub also offers a Training House with four short-term, supported beds providing accommodation for clients completing their journey back into employment and independence.

Fergus will be joined en route by fellow ex-Welsh Guards officer, turned elite professional ultra-runner, Tom Evans. Tom made his mark on the ultra-running scene after securing third place at the Marathon des Sables, a 7-day multi-marathon event, held in the Sahara desert.

Fergus’s route will take him to WWTW’s North Norfolk HQ via Buxton, Derby, Nottingham, Grantham, Kings Lynn, and Fakenham.

Fergus is taking on the incredible feat to support ‘The Longest Day’ challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by WWTW in partnership with Brian Wood MC and his brand ‘Keep Attacking’. Brian and WWTW are challenging people to set a new personal best and, simply, go further than they have gone before to raise funds for other veterans who need mental health support.

So far, lots of people have signed up to take part in the Longest Day challenge, including:

  • Lisa is running 100 miles, cycling 60 miles and swimming 10 miles.
  • Jamie is aiming to complete the 3 Peaks Challenge in 24 hours.
  • David is running a marathon on June 21st.
  • Dean is hiking Scotland’s West Highland Way in 5 days, a 96-mile trek.

Find out more: www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

Donate to Fergus’s fundraiser: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fergus-williams-longest-day

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