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Two online Books of Remembrance have been launched to commemorate all members of the armed forces who have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan. Supported by the three armed services charities: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, the books allow visitors to post thoughts, memories, pictures and anecdotes about each individual and can be found by visiting campaignmemorialbooks.com
At the November launch, in a joint statement Sir Robert Wright (RAF Benevolent Fund), Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter (ABF The Soldiers’ Charity) and Robert Robson (Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity) said:
“There are many ways for us all to remember and express our thanks to members of the Armed Forces and we believe that the ‘Books of Remembrance’ website makes an important contribution to this national time of reflection. We would urge the public to explore the books and learn more about the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, which all make a vital contribution to honouring the covenant this nation shares with its military.”
FOOTBALL FuN - WITH A SERIOuS GOAL
The Soldiers’ Charity is giving former servicemen and women the chance to take part in a new mental health and wellbeing project based around football. The Inside Right initiative has now been officially launched at Colchester United, and is aimed at
men and women on a low income, who are isolated, long term unemployed or vulnerable. The Soldiers’ Charity is part of the scheme being run by Colchester United Community Sports Trust.
The aim is to encourage former servicemen and women aged 20-50 to meet up in a fun and friendly environment and become a part of the weekly, free-of-charge, football sessions at Colchester United Football Club. As well as playing weekly matches, there will also be the chance to get involved with football coaching through volunteering and taking part in FA Level 1 coaching.
Colchester United is one of five clubs to be delivering Inside Right projects, along with Chelsea, Everton, Lincoln City and Portsmouth. Inside Right is being managed by the Football Foundation.
Phil Packer MBE, a former Major in the Army, and Inside Right ambassador, sustained a spinal cord injury in February 2008. As he began to cope with his situation he started to regain self-confidence, self-esteem, self-belief and to feel empowered to make choices in life. He decided to embark upon numerous physical challenges to raise funds for charity, raise positive awareness and enthuse others.
His decisions pulled him through the dark times and he started to overcome the adversity faced
with physical limitations and this improved his mental wellbeing. Phil said: “I understand and can identify with the mental anguish faced by others and it is a positive step forward for the country’s football community to help ex-military men and women adjust to civilian life after serving in the forces.”
Inside Right is funded by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Football Foundation, The Royal British Legion, Comic Relief, The Ministry of Defence and the RAF Benevolent Fund.
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We made 641 grants to individuals and families in Scotland last year
Last year we gave £3.2m to organisations that specialise in supporting soldiers, former soldiers and their families
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KNOW? The Soldiers’ Charity has more than 5,000 Facebook friends
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