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Achievement through adversity p4

Supporting our Regimental Family www.careforcasualties.org.uk Issue 3

Voyages with the Jubilee Sailing Trust p6

Join our

Battlefield Bike Ride

Rifles’ Awards Dinner p7

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ABOUT THE APPEAL

Welcome to our third Care for Casualties newsletter. Since the second edition thankfully our Regimental Casualty statistics have not changed dramatically. But with over 60 Riflemen having lost their lives in action, many parents remain without their son, siblings without their brother and wives and fiancées without their partners. More than 30 children will always be without their father.

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any of our casualties are now adapting to life after serious injury, both physical and psychological, and have left the Army. Now more than ever they need to know that we truly are their Regimental Family and can always rely on us in their time of need. Some of their stories can be found on pages 3, 4 and 5, with page 6 focussing on our partnership with the Jubilee Sailing Trust through whom some of our bereaved and wounded have been testing themselves during various stages of the Lord Nelson’s Round the World voyage. The injuries our wounded are dealing with are often complex, and unforeseen issues can surface which we must help them to overcome. They have a new and very different life ahead of them. As their wider family, we are so grateful to you for all you do to help us in our commitment to support them, their families and our bereaved, who will themselves never stop grieving, both now and for the rest of their lives.

Our Supporters The Rifles have been supported by many other charities and organisations, and in this issue we feature three of those. However, we are grateful to all the organisations and individuals who assist us in caring for our casualties.

Defence Medical Welfare Service The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been supporting the Armed Forces since 1943. Its team provide a 24/7 welfare service to wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and their families when they’re in hospital, rehabilitation or recovery centres across various locations in the UK, Germany and Cyprus. They also deploy with the Armed Forces in times of conflict and currently have Welfare Officers based in the Field Hospital at Camp Bastion Afghanistan. DMWS’s largest team is based at the RCDM in Birmingham and since 2009 they have provided support to 97 injured Riflemen and their families. The support provided has been everything from arranging accommodation for a patient’s family, being on hand to listen to concerns and worries, through to providing toiletries and clothes. To find out more visit their website www.dmws.org.uk

Ripple Pond Rebecca Maciejewska Fundraising Coordinator

Lt Col (retd) Mike Smith MBE Regimental Casualty Officer

these are just a sample of the magnificent fundraising efforts that are taking place This year the Tough Mudder has been a very popular event for fundraising amongst the Care for Casualties supporters. More photos of this endurance test on page 3.

‘Why the Poppies?’ by Peter Spira All profits to Care for Casualties This booklet explains the origin of the Poppy becoming our national emblem of Remembrance. It is written for readers of all ages and is well timed as the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 in 1914 approaches. It covers both the first and second World Wars as well as the intervening years. To purchase this booklet for minimum £10.00 per copy (incl. £3.75 p&p) please get in touch with: Why the Poppies, RHQ The Rifles, Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TS. Cheque payable to “The Rifles (Poppies)”.

The Rifles understand better than most the devastating effect serious injury can have on an individual’s family. Ripple Pond www.theripplepond.co.uk is a much needed new charity which aims to reach out to the families of the wounded, injured and sick servicemen, whether their injuries are physical or emotional (such as PTSD), no matter how, when or where the injury was sustained. The charity now has groups in Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Kent so little by little they are rippling around the country. Meetings are free to attend.

KartForce KartForce, a charity which was founded by an ex Royal engineer who himself is a wheelchair user since suffering a spinal cord injury was established to get injured troops into the exciting world of Motorsport through Karting. Karts are adapted to allow those with the most severe injuries to race and a number of Riflemen have been funded by Care for Casualties to compete. For further information visit their web site www.kartforce.org

Rifleman Robert Wright 3 Rifles, sitting 4th from right Corporal Michael (Doris) Day 4 Rifles, standing 2nd from right.

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fundraising stories – ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH ADVERSITY

Becca Maciejewska, our Fundraising Coordinator writes:

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s ever, all members of The Rifles’ regimental family have continued to support the appeal. Those serving, those who have now left either The Rifles or one of our Forming Regiments,

mothers and fathers, wives, girlfriends, children, injured and bereaved have all been doing their bit to ensure that we can continue to support our casualties. These photos tell their own stories and are just a small representation of the activities that have been taking place. The Rifles’ motto, “Swift and Bold”, is alive and well. A great deal is being achieved through adversity. Please keep in touch – keep the photos and the stories coming. The Rifles’ family is so grateful to you all!

Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race. Colour Serjeant Danny Spender.

Selling paintings for C4C – £15 each: www.runningwithbrushes. co.uk

The family and friends of Lt Andrew Chesterman after the Edinburgh Marathon.

Former Light Infantryman, Nick Bryan, cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, climbing the Three Peaks along the way.

Bereaved families and families of our wounded continue to support the appeal.

Offa’s Mead and Mowden Schools have been supporting our casualties.

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supporting the regimental FAMILY The Regimental Casualty Officer, Lt Col (Retd) Mike Smith writes:

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he money that our amazing supporters have raised has really helped us change the lives of many of our injured Riflemen and support our bereaved families. This year we have continued to purchase gym equipment and bikes to help our Riflemen with their physical recovery but we have also funded marriage guidance and trauma counselling. Two of our Riflemen have received new orthopaedic beds and others have been able to enjoy respite holidays and take part in adventure training and sporting activities thanks to our fund raising team. Many of our injured use the time spent recovering from their physical injuries to improve their academic qualifications and C4C has funded the purchase of computers, books and paid for tuition fees to help these young men prepare for life outside the Army. We have funded holidays for bereaved families and helped with legal issues that have arisen as a consequence of operational service.

LCpl Martin Edwards, 5 Rifles, was seriously injured whilst serving in Iraq and is now resident in a Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust home in York. Care for Casualties continues to support Martin by funding respite breaks and more recently by purchasing specialised medical equipment that would not be available through the NHS. With the opening of the Help for Heroes Defence Recovery Centre in Catterick

Rifleman Matt Fisher and daughter Layla with Simon Booth-Mason outside his workshop Right: Joanne Booth-Mason during a Llama walk on Dartmoor.

it is hoped to organise regular programme of visits for Martin to help him with his rehabilitation.

Before he was injured Riflemfan Michael Swain, 3 Rifles, was one of the Battalion’s

After the sad loss of his wife Joanne, Simon Booth-Mason, an ex Green Jacket officer set up a fund in her name to support our injured Riflemen. Simon has organised a number of money raising events and one of those he has helped rebuild his life is Rifleman Matt Fisher who lost a leg whilst serving with 3 Rifles. Matt is a keen carpenter and support from Joanne’s Fund helped finance a new workshop so that he can pursue his hobby.

grounds of Buckingham Palace. A number of our injured Riflemen and their partners were invited

Physical Training Instructors. Using his previous experience Michael has set up a gym in his home town of Luton and membership is booming. Michael has recently attended a weight lifting training course at the Tedworth House Defence Recovery Centre and was seen on TV training with the Bath Rugby squad. His ambition is to find larger premises and expand his business and he would welcome membership from any Riflemen living in the area.

The Rifles plot at the Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey.

Care for Casualties supports our bereaved families by funding visits to

and pictured is Rifleman

commemorative events.

Lyndon Woodford

This year the father

talking to Vice Admiral Sir

of Rifleman Sam

Timothy Lawrence husband

Bassett who was

of the Princess Royal. Lyndon

killed whilst serving with 4

has received considerable

Rifles was able to come

support from Care for Casualties

over from Canada for

Once again, The Rifles

throughout his recovery from

Remembrance Sunday

were privileged to be

serious injury and has recently

and to visit the National

offered a number of places

purchased a property with

Memorial Arboretum for

to attend the Not Forgotten

assistance from the Haig

the first time thanks to a

Association’s Garden Party in the

Housing Trust.

grant from C4C.

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Achievement through adversity

Since he was seriously injured whilst serving with 2 Rifles, working gun dogs have become Cpl Colin Thompson’s passion. Last year Care for Casualties bought a new puppy for Colin after his own dog unfortunately died but then Colin asked if we would help purchase some kennels so that he could look after other people’s gun dogs but also become a breeder. C4C and Just Rifles agreed to fund Colin and you can see the result, some very happy dogs and a contented owner!

Rifleman Michael Keighley, 1 Rifles, looks very comfortable in his new electrically operated orthopaedic bed funded by Care for Casualties. Michael said LCpl Tyler Christopher

‘ever since I was injured

was seriously injured whilst serving

I have not been able to

with 4 Rifles but he has not allowed this

have a proper night’s sleep. However, thanks

LCpl Jon Le Galloudec found time to

to stop him from not only completing a

to the generosity of C4C

talk to Prince Harry whilst competing in the

Diploma in Forestry at Lackham College,

I now sleep well and can

Warrior Games held recently in America. Having been

funded by Care for Casualties, but also

transfer easily out of my

badly injured whilst serving with 4 Rifles, Jon has been

from embarking on a sporting career.

bed onto my wheelchair’.

attending a Diploma course at Lackham College funded

Tyler is now a member of the highly

Since then Michael

by Care for Casualties, Help for Heroes and the ABF,

successful GB Ice Sledge Hockey team as

has started walking on

The Soldier’s Charity. Jon has now set himself up as an

it prepares to qualify for Sochi 2014. Whilst

his prosthetic legs and

inspirational speaker and everyone at C4C wishes him

competing in a match against Italy during

is making amazing

success. Look at his website www.jbainspiration.co.uk

the qualifying tournament Tyler was named

progress.

for more details.

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care for casualties and THE JUBILEE SAILING TRUST

Left to right: Justin, Anna and Kyle.

Care for Casualties has had a long association with the Jubilee Sailing Trust, sending both able bodied and injured Riflemen to sail on their two fully accessible Tall Ships. A number have joined the Lord Nelson on various stages of its current round the world voyage and most recently Riflemen Justin Davis and Kyle Baker, and Anna Chesterman, the sister of Lt Andrew Chesterman who was tragically killed in action last year, sailed from Auckland to Wellington, New Zealand.

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n 27th October we set off to join the Lord Nelson, the first ship of its kind

to attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The Lord Nelson formed part of a flotilla of ships departing from Auckland harbour on Labour Day heading off on different adventures after competing in the Sydney to Auckland Tall Ship race. We sailed night and day across the Bay of Plenty, with a steady breeze and nearly full sails. Over the following 24 hours we had many exciting wildlife encounters including swooping albatross, waving seals, dusky dolphins and spouting whales. Justin responded well to the Captain’s helm orders as we came along side with style in the beautiful art deco town of Napier. We then made the most of our shore time, starting by visiting the Aquarium of New Zealand. Amongst seeing the traditional water-based occupants such as sting-rays and sharks we were lucky enough to see a rare and elusive Kiwi bird hanging out in the leafy, damp, dark habitat.

This is Anna’s story.

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he following day, before we mustered at our harbour stations, Justin, Kyle

and I climbed 33 metres of rope ladder to the very top of Nellie. It was very special for the other voyage crew and I to see Justin and Kyle fly The Rifles flag at the ships

Above left: Rfn Kyle Baker climbs the rigging. Right: Rfn Justin Davis on lookout.

highest point. Strength and courage were needed to undergo the climb as there are times when it is not possible to ‘clip on’ to a safety wire. To be honest…they made it look easy. Our watch duty that night was from 12am till 4am which was a windy, cold

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RIfLEMAn Dave Hart, 6 Rifles who was injured in Iraq was funded by Care for Casualties to join the Lord Nelson from Kochi India, to Singapore, one of the legs on the ship’s circumnavigation of the world.

Rifles’ Awards Dinner 2013 This year the Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief, The Rifles, kindly agreed to present the awards at the Regiment’s biennial Awards Dinner, held at 56 Davies St, London W1.

The Rifles Casualty Officer Lt Col Mike Smith, and another ex Rifleman Major Jeremy Russell, also spent time on board and all three met up in India to swap seafaring stories!

night of motoring, as the wind was on our bow. However, we witnessed shooting stars and could see the Milky Way thanks to the clear night and regular brews to keep us warm and awake. During the night we sailed the Tory Channel and magical Marlborough Sound and then anchored by the spot where there is a monument to Captain Cook, who first landed in this area way back in 1700. The weather was fine and sunny so a spot of sunbathing was squared away as we awaited the much talked about

The Colonel in Chief escorted by the Colonel Commandant Lieutenant General Nick Carter In addition we were honoured to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and HRH Princess Alexandra, Royal Colonels of 6, 7 and 3 RIFLES respectively. Following an update from the Colonel Commandant, awards were presented to members of the Regiment who had excelled over the past two years plus those who had given exceptional support to Care for Casualties.

barbeque hosted by the ships engineers! The atmosphere was relaxed and social, overlooked by the dramatic landscape of New Zealand in the peace of the sheltered Queen Charlotte Sound, what a location to have a party!

Rifleman Michael Swain receives his award from the Colonel in Chief.

The weather was kind to us on our last day, the wind was gusting 40 knots with 2.5 metre waves and with a jib, fore topsail and the main topsail we were making 11 knots of speed down the Cook Strait. The ship was rocking and rolling especially up

Doctor Richard Osgood is recognised for using archaeology to assist the recovery of our injured Riflemen.

the mast and along the yard, certainly an ‘on the edge’ way to finish off a wonderful trip at sea. I cannot thank Care for Casualties enough for making this trip possible and for

Captain Bill Holland receives an award for his exceptional fund raising.

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the rifles’ world war 1 commeMorative bike ride

To commemorate the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 and to honour the part played and the sacrifice made by our former Regiments, The Rifles are organising a fundraising Battlefield Bike Ride in Northern France and Belgium from 10th - 15th September 2014. Come and join members of The Rifles’ Regimental family – some of our bereaved families, our wounded Riflemen, those serving and veterans along with other supporters – raising money for Care for Casualties. Learn some of the history of the First World War whilst honouring the sacrifice made by our forebears. The cost of the 5 day Bike Ride is £525 and a

Dover Folkestone

Calais

Dunkirk Ypres

StOmer Bethune

commitment to fundraise at least £750 by September 2014. For more information and to register for the Rifles Ride go to www.careforcasualties. org.uk/riflesride.html

Arras Albert

#RiflesRide

www.careforcasualties.org.uk/riflesride.html

PROVISIONAL ITINERARY: Assembly at Shorncliffe. Cycle to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Cycle to St Omer. St Omer to Arras via Loos, Vimy Ridge, Canadian Memorial, Neuville German Cemetery. Arras to Albert via Bapaume and Peronne, Delville Wood, Longueval (Gloucesters), 20th Light Division Memorial, London Cemetery, Devonshire Trench. Albert to Bethune via Dorsetshire Memorial, Thiepval, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. Bethune to Ypres via Cuinchy, Festubert, Neuve Chapelle, Messines Ridge, Hill 60. Ypres to Dunkirk via Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Tyne Cot. Ferry to Dover. Dover to Folkestone. Disperse.

how to support us Send a cheque Make it payable to: “The Rifles Regimental Trust (Care For Casualties)”. Visit our website to download and complete a Gift Aid Form so we can recover the taxable element. Set up a Standing Order Visit our website to download a form. By Fundraising or Organising an Event Participate in a sponsored challenge such as a Tough Mudder, a skydive, a half marathon, or an event such as our bike ride. Or approach a local supermarket asking for Care for Casualties to be taken on as their charity of the month, or organise a bag pack with some friends. Become a Corporate Sponsor If you run a company and would like to explore how you can support the work of The Rifles Charities please contact us at c4c@the-rifles.co.uk Offers of Support in Kind Holidays, accommodation, work experience and training. If you or your organisation can offer facilities and opportunities which will help the rehabilitation of our wounded please contact us at rco@the-rifles.co.uk Donate something we can sell by Auction If you have something of value be it an item, an experience, tickets, or something money can’t normally buy, we would love to hear from you.

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