Hi folks,

Monday saw International Women's Day and we were really impressed with some of the coverage showing our female colleagues in action through the ages. All very timely, with a recent BFBS survey showing that the majority of people are not aware of women's contribution to war efforts past and present. It's a real shame that heroes like Michelle Norris and Philippa Tattersall don't receive more air time. 

In other news, following Chancellor Rishi Sunak's budget announcements last week, it has been confirmed that the vast majority of our armed forces will get no pay rise this year. There was some positivity in the announcement of additional funding to support veterans' mental health, though as always we wait to see how this pans out in practice. 

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Academics are looking for military widow(er)s to take part in a survey on loneliness and social isolation

Academics from Northumbria University are looking for individuals whose partners have died in the UK Armed Forces or after their service, to take part in new research into loneliness and social isolation.  

There are almost 15,000 military widows and widowers in the UK today. This study will inform national debate and lead to the development of policy recommendations and guidance for improved service provision.

Mary Moreland, Chair of the War Widows’ Association, lost her husband, a member of the Ulster Defence Regiment, when he was killed on his way to work by members of the IRA in 1988. She said: “When there is no longer a serving person in the family unit those left behind are very frequently forgotten. Bereavement can add to increased feelings of isolation and loneliness, however as military widows no longer belong to the armed forces community, these feeling may be magnified. On behalf of the Association I am delighted to be working in collaboration with Northumbria University and Forces in Mind Trust on this project.”
The research team is seeking up to 400 people to participate in the research. The survey will run from 1st March – 14th May 2021 and you can take part here:

Paul Oliver's Weight Loss Charity Parachute Jump

Over the years I have been trying very hard to lose a lot of weight and of cause failed. Now I have put in my heart and soul to really try harder. Since Oct 2020 I went on a strict 800 calorie a day diet combined that with some exercise I have lost just over 5 stone, I have gone from a 48 waist to 35 waist and I feel great. I have treated myself to lots of new clothes and gone crazy in buy hats and waist coats.

I have always wanted to do a free fall parachute jump and I said to myself that if I lose the weight I will do it! On April 3rd 2021 I will be taking off at Beccles skydiving centre to do the jump.

It was suggested that if I am doing the jump then I should do it for charity and as I am an ex soldier I thought that the best charity would be SSAFA. Please consider supporting this fundraising for a great cause if you can: https://gofund.me/22bd929e

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News round–up    

Northern Forest: Hull veterans to plant trees
‘Royal Marines… Beer with lunch’ — These are the foreign militaries that US troops love to train with
SSAFA marks International Women's Day 2021

NHS sculptures mistaken for 'fly tipping'
Man who helped house more than 100 homeless veterans nominated for Dorset Hero Awards
Tributes Paid To 'Outstanding' Soldier Who Died At Castlemartin Ranges
General Sir Nick Carter: UK Military Chief's Term Extended
Royal Navy, Army and RAF veterans get new NHS mental health service for England
RAF and Navy to adopt £9.5m low-code recruitment platform
Armed Forces Bill: House Of Commons Launches Select Committee
Exeter WW2 bomb: Bomb damage unpreventable, says Army
Former Royal Marine Forms Charity Pairing Dogs With Veterans
Blind veteran Simon Brown's 874-mile walking challenge
Tributes paid by Captain Sir Tom's family at funeral
Military should step up ‘more often’ in UK crisis response, General Sir Nick Carter tells LBC
New Rates For War Pensions Announced
British Paratroopers Hone Urban Warfare Skills at New Facility
British Royal Navy contracts Saab for Digital Tower solution
Defence Secretary Opens New British Army Facility In Kenya
War veteran, 100, who was robbed of £4,000 when his home was burgled while he was in hospital recovering from a fall says he 'appreciates' strangers raising £17,000 – but tells GMB 'a lot of it' will go to charity
UK reveals Puma replacement plan

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Walking up to a department store's fabric counter, the pretty girl said, "I would like to buy this material for my new dress. How much does it cost?"

"Only one kiss per yard," replied the male clerk with a smirk on his face.

"That's fine," said the girl. "I'll take ten yards."

With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk quickly measured out the cloth, wrapped it up, then teasingly held it out.

The girl snapped up the package, pointed to the old man behind her, and smiled, "Grandpa's paying."

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