July began with a road trip to RM Poole for a charity info day in the new family centre. Kayleigh from Hidden Wounds came with me, and it was wonderful to meet lots of you BoB and BoS down there.
On Wednesday 6 July there was a BoS pamper evening at Tedworth House. The evening started with a lovely BBQ outside and the ladies then had a relaxing Indian head massage and a manicure. It was a lovely opportunity for some local BoS to meet others in the area.
It was a really busy month for Shooting for Heroes – on Thursday 14 July, 8 guys and a lady attended a charity shoot at EJ Churchill. Forty nine other teams took part and our guys shot like demons. The southern team were placed 2nd and the Northern team came a very respectable 8th.
They were all brilliant and everyone had a great time on a lovely sunny day. On Saturday 16 July we were invited to spend the day on the Stockton estate near Warminster. We had an amazing day learning just how much work goes into preparing and maintaining the estate before the shooting season starts.
On Tuesday 19 July the crafting BoS made some cheeky sock monkeys. They were very easy to make and would make great presents. We used some particularly smart H4H socks but the variations are endless!
Each year Tedworth House holds a summer fete and festival for the Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters. Dubbed Summerfest, the beneficiaries and their families come together and enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment. Last year heavy rain washed over the event, luckily this year sunglasses and sun cream were essential items for the day. Over 250 beneficiaries and their families attended! Attendees enjoyed an array of activities, including an exotic petting zoo with racoons which were a huge success. Other activities included a rock-climbing wall, a steam train and a bouncy castle which was enjoyed by all the children, and even a few adults. The guests were treated to a huge range of live music all organised by Marland Music Management.
Refreshments included afternoon cream teas, a very popular ice cream van and in the evening a BBQ feast.
Giles Woodhouse, Head of Recovery south said: “Many of the Band of Brothers and Band of Sister members communicate with each other online so an event such as Summerfest can help turn those online relationships into real friendships. As well as the service personnel and veterans meeting like-minded individuals, it allows the opportunity for their families to meet – which has led to some great friendships. I’d like to thank all those who attended, the volunteers, Team Tedworth helpers and the BoB/BoS team for working so hard to put this event together.”
The feedback from those who attended was extremely positive and many shared their thoughts on social media “fantastic day today, thanks so much for everything you do!” and “it was brilliant, loved it! The cream teas were delicious.”
Philippa is currently on annual leave until early this month so look out for emails in a week or so for what’s going on in South Central.
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