Veterans charity – United Children of Veterans http://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ Mon, 09 May 2022 20:03:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/icon-2022-02-04T112559.751-150x150.jpg Veterans charity – United Children of Veterans http://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ 32 32 Amputee embarks on 2000km bike ride for charity for limbless veterans https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/amputee-embarks-on-2000km-bike-ride-for-charity-for-limbless-veterans/ Mon, 09 May 2022 15:35:41 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/amputee-embarks-on-2000km-bike-ride-for-charity-for-limbless-veterans/ Stuart Croxford Proposed by Valerie Bohan A University of Manchester graduate today started his 2000km endurance cycle, spanning the length of the UK, to raise money for the memberless veterans’ charity Blesma. Stuart Croxford, former Captain of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, served on three operational tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2012, Stuart suffered […]]]>

Stuart Croxford

Proposed by Valerie Bohan

A University of Manchester graduate today started his 2000km endurance cycle, spanning the length of the UK, to raise money for the memberless veterans’ charity Blesma.

Stuart Croxford, former Captain of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, served on three operational tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In 2012, Stuart suffered serious foot injuries when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan, and a subsequent accident in 2014 resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee.

Determined not to let his injury hold him back, he set his sights on the BASI ski instructor qualification, which he completed four months after the amputation. It was just one of many major challenges he undertook after his injury, pushing the limits of life and endurance. He went on to complete a full Ironman, the London Marathon and numerous 100 mile cycling challenges.

This 2000km charity cycle will take Stuart from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, through 21 counties in England, Wales and Scotland. From May 9, Stuart will cycle for up to 20 hours a day through Truro, Exmoor National Park, Quantock Hills, Bristol, Brecon Beacons National Park, Manchester, Yorkshire Dales, Stirling and the National Nature Reserve of Ben Lawers.

Stuart Croxford

Stuart, an architecture graduate from the University of Manchester, said: “Riding this distance and duration with little rest would push an able-bodied cyclist to the limit, both physically and mentally.

“As an amputee, this will add additional stress and factors that I will have to reflect on and overcome on a daily basis. I have never put so much stress through my residual limb and my prosthesis, so I will ride into the unknown.

“To meet this challenge, I will have to rely heavily on my own resilience to get through very difficult times. My motivation will come from the knowledge that funds will be raised for a fantastic charity that provides lifelong support to veterans and their families suffering from loss of limb or loss of sight.

Inspired by Stuart’s story, electric vehicle company AVA has developed an electric Defender in his honor – the Croxford Defender. Designed to tackle the toughest terrain, the vehicle will serve as Stuart’s support vehicle during the challenge. The vehicle itself was built in cooperation with Stuart, with bespoke interiors reflecting his life.

AVA Founder Norman Crowley said: “The AVA Croxford Defender celebrates Stuart’s remarkable history of resilience and positivity. The vehicle is AVA’s tribute to Stuart’s incredible courage and determination in the face of adversity.

Blesma is the only national charity that provides injured and limbless veterans with lifelong support. Established in 1932 after World War I, the charity has helped more than 63,000 injured veterans over the past 90 years. This year, Blesma celebrates 90 years of supporting limbless and injured veterans.

This challenge will raise vital funds for Blesma, who are dedicated to helping military and ex-military personnel who have experienced life-changing limb loss and loss of limb use.

Blesma currently supports 3,000 members, including limbless and injured veterans and their widows, to lead independent and fulfilling lives, by providing them with emotional, practical and financial support. Stuart has been a director of Blesma since 2020. Stuart hopes the cycle will raise £50,000 for the charity.

Members of the public can donate through the JustGiving visit here.

You can also follow Stuart’s progress live once the challenge is launched, click here.


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Lottery winners lend a hand to support Sussex veterans charity https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/lottery-winners-lend-a-hand-to-support-sussex-veterans-charity/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/lottery-winners-lend-a-hand-to-support-sussex-veterans-charity/ AN ARMY of lottery winners donned steel-toed boots and volunteered for a day of hard work in support of a veterans’ charity. With a combined wealth of £146million, the team of 21 winners – including some army and navy veterans – volunteered for Veterans Growth in Hastings, which offers horticultural therapy to people with mental […]]]>

AN ARMY of lottery winners donned steel-toed boots and volunteered for a day of hard work in support of a veterans’ charity.

With a combined wealth of £146million, the team of 21 winners – including some army and navy veterans – volunteered for Veterans Growth in Hastings, which offers horticultural therapy to people with mental health problems.

Millionaire labor got stuck building a wheelchair accessible path, cold frame, potting seedlings to be displayed at an exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show and from the installation of a new fence to keep out a herd of marauding cattle that had escaped to get a closer look and taste of the association’s garden.

Paul Mcdonald joined the team, which earned over £1million in December last year.

Paul Mcdonald in cold constriction service with his partner Erika Keszthelyi

Paul, 48, from Bexhill, said: “I’ve done volunteer work before and also fundraised for veterans. I also had family members who have been in the services, so when we got the invitation, it was impossible to say no.

“It’s also great to be around other people who have experienced a miracle.”

Jason Stevens, founder of Veterans’ Growth and a 16-year veteran in the military, knows first-hand the benefits of horticultural therapy for improving mental health.

He said: “When I was medically discharged from the army, horticulture was my savior and that motivated me to start the charity.

“A big part of what we do is to make sure that the people who receive our services know that someone cares about them, that they don’t feel isolated, that they can gain confidence, knowledge and experience in a supportive environment.

‘The next veterans who come to us won’t necessarily know that a workforce worth £146million have paved the wheelchair accessible path or built the cold frame they will use for potting , but we will always remember this day and be touched by the hard work of the winners, their good humor and that they gave of their time in this way.

Lottery players generate over £30million each week for a range of projects and charities, with over £45billion raised and distributed to National Lottery ‘good causes’ through over 660 000 individual grants.

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‘PTSD is a terrible condition’: Mother-of-three hosts charity ball for veterans in memory of her husband https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ptsd-is-a-terrible-condition-mother-of-three-hosts-charity-ball-for-veterans-in-memory-of-her-husband/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 13:19:35 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ptsd-is-a-terrible-condition-mother-of-three-hosts-charity-ball-for-veterans-in-memory-of-her-husband/ A Billingham woman is raising money for a veterans mental health charity close to her heart. Janet Atkin is hosting a Masquerade Charity Ball at the Jurys Inn, Middlesbrough on Saturday 26th November to raise money for Combat Stress, a veterans mental health charity which helps former servicemen and women with issues such as post-traumatic […]]]>

A Billingham woman is raising money for a veterans mental health charity close to her heart.

Janet Atkin is hosting a Masquerade Charity Ball at the Jurys Inn, Middlesbrough on Saturday 26th November to raise money for Combat Stress, a veterans mental health charity which helps former servicemen and women with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. .

62-year-old husband Shaun was a veteran but sadly passed away in November 2020. After his passing, Janet decided to dedicate her time to helping raise money for veterans’ mental health, and is even preparing to going to college to study psychology so she can help even more as a community volunteer for Combat Stress.

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She said: “Combat Stress is a small charity but they do amazing work and they need all the help they can get. It’s for soldiers with PTSD – they get help and support .”

Julie said she does “all sorts” to raise money for the charity: “I did car shoe sales, I do cake sales, I even got involved with local schools to see if I can sell cakes to kids. I have a fundraising day on June 4th with a barbecue and all, like a day of family fun. I also do raffles. You name it, I do it !”

She recently tried to publicize the prom so she could sell as many tickets as possible. She added: “The ballroom we have it in has 320 of them. It just gets the word out and hopefully gets people to come. I’ve been around the small businesses and they have been very helpful in giving out gift certificates and prizes for the raffle.

“There’s an awful lot going for it. Jurys Inn has been very good, giving me the room for free and the reception for free. Hope it’s going to be a good night. When they arrive they’ll get a drink reception, and then when they’re seated at the table, I have magicians coming in to do tricks! We have a meal and then we have a disco and an auction.

Janet said she decided to support the charity because her husband suffered from PTSD and she knew firsthand what it could do to ex-servicemen: “My husband passed away in November 2020 and he was in very severe pain. PTSD. It’s something that’s always been there – it’s a terrible condition. I thought, I’m on my own now, and I’m going to fundraise.

“I became a community volunteer to [Combat Stress]. I’m going to do a degree in psychology and counseling, so hopefully I can help a little more too. It’s a charity close to my heart.”

To purchase tickets for the event or for more information, visit Janet’s website.

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Veterans’ charity and police join forces to tackle homelessness https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-charity-and-police-join-forces-to-tackle-homelessness/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 07:03:08 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-charity-and-police-join-forces-to-tackle-homelessness/ In a unique partnership, Veterans Aid and the City of London Police have joined forces to identify and support veterans, men and women, who are at risk of becoming homeless. Veterans Aid CEO Dr Hugh Milroy said: “This initiative aims to prevent homelessness among veterans, men and women. Across the country, there are very few […]]]>

In a unique partnership, Veterans Aid and the City of London Police have joined forces to identify and support veterans, men and women, who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Veterans Aid CEO Dr Hugh Milroy said: “This initiative aims to prevent homelessness among veterans, men and women. Across the country, there are very few real veterans sleeping on the streets, but we are not complacent and one day on the streets, for a veteran, is one day too many. A lot of time is wasted when well-meaning custodial staff turn to organizations unable to provide appropriate and timely care – many of whom end up passing clients on to us for solutions. I applaud the City of London Police for their vision in partnering with us in this way and I am confident that together we will arrest the spirals of decline that can turn misfortune into collapse and, through timely intervention, help keep vulnerable veterans off the streets. This is a first, but we are actively working with other police services to roll out the partnership nationally.

Sergeant Richard Scullion of the City of London Police said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Veterans Aid, an organization which has built a fantastic reputation for providing care and support to former members of the forces. armies of the SM.

“Policing is not just about enforcing the law, its founding principles are the preservation of life and the prevention of crime. Unfortunately, statistics show that homelessness can shorten your life expectancy and increase your risk of becoming a victim of crime. By partnering with Veterans Aid, we can help those who have served their country and who, for whatever reason, have fallen on hard times. I would like to thank Veterans Aid for all the work they do, and I encourage other police forces to join this initiative”.

The partnership revolves around a poster campaign that directs police officers to the charity, urging them to “approach, engage and advise” people who confirm they are veterans. It will be displayed in custody suites and City of London Police offices so officers can identify those who have served in the HM Armed Forces and guide them accordingly.

This interaction can take place in situations where people have already been put in contact with the police, or result from chance encounters while officers are on patrol.

The Veterans Assistance Operations team includes a dedicated Criminal Justice Outreach Officer, Paul Ellis, who will liaise with police to ensure that when at-risk veterans are identified, the agency charities can act quickly to provide support where needed. Paul, a former Metropolitan Police officer, said: ‘This is exactly the kind of support a busy modern police service needs.

This year, the association celebrates its 90and year of continuous activity to prevent and address homelessness in the veteran community.

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Volunteers help out at the veterans charity’s big build day https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/volunteers-help-out-at-the-veterans-charitys-big-build-day/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 14:25:17 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/volunteers-help-out-at-the-veterans-charitys-big-build-day/ A charity for military veterans has thanked volunteers for their help during a ‘big build’ day at a community garden in Worcester. Stepway, which supports veterans making the transition to civilian life, runs a community garden project at the Old North Stables on Pitchcroft and plans to make the space fully accessible to everyone, including […]]]>

A charity for military veterans has thanked volunteers for their help during a ‘big build’ day at a community garden in Worcester.

Stepway, which supports veterans making the transition to civilian life, runs a community garden project at the Old North Stables on Pitchcroft and plans to make the space fully accessible to everyone, including wheelchair users.

After receiving an offer of materials from building trader Keyline, the charity appealed for volunteers to come and help last weekend – and said they had had a great response.

Tina Dales, Operations Manager at Stepway, said: “Philip Mills, a veteran who works for Keyline in Worcester, had heard of Stepway and our community garden project.

“He had a conversation with Kirsty Bleasby, the project manager, and then her employers at Keyline, who were kind enough to support us by donating much-needed materials.

“Not only that, but they also delivered them.

Stepway held a big build day last weekend at their community garden

“With these materials, we hope to realize our plan to make the garden fully accessible to everyone, including people in wheelchairs.

“We were very lucky that the sun was out and everyone had a great time.

“Everyone at Stepway would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the participants, our amazing volunteers, Armed Forces Breakfast Club veterans Kirsty Bleasby and Philip Mills.

“Special thanks also to Keyline General Manager Dean Pinner, Branch Manager Oliver Clarke and Driver Nathan Foster.”

Worcester News: Keyline donated and delivered a load of building materialsKeyline donated and delivered a load of building materials

A host of activities take place at the Stepway community garden project in Worcester and another based at the charity’s wellbeing center in Oldbury in the West Midlands.

These include beekeeping, work on vegetable gardens and general garden maintenance.

Stepway also hosts drop-in sessions, allowing veterans to access support services, learn about the charity’s seven-step civilian skills program, and enjoy a cup of tea with d other veterans.

Worcester News: Stepway thanked volunteers for their help last SaturdayStepway thanked volunteers for their help last Saturday

The Stepway Community Garden Project in Pitchcroft, Worcester is open Mondays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm, and everyone is welcome.

More information and details about the Seven Step Civil Skills Program can be found on the charity’s website stepway.org

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Scottish Care Awards: Erskine veterans charity wins two awards https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/scottish-care-awards-erskine-veterans-charity-wins-two-awards/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 13:41:15 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/scottish-care-awards-erskine-veterans-charity-wins-two-awards/ The smiles were doubled at a prestigious ceremony as one of Renfrewshire’s best-known charities scooped two awards for outstanding performance. Veterans’ charity Erskine recently won awards at the Scottish Care Awards, which celebrate the best in the independent care home sector. Home manager Alison Payne was the first to take the podium on behalf of […]]]>

The smiles were doubled at a prestigious ceremony as one of Renfrewshire’s best-known charities scooped two awards for outstanding performance.

Veterans’ charity Erskine recently won awards at the Scottish Care Awards, which celebrate the best in the independent care home sector.

Home manager Alison Payne was the first to take the podium on behalf of Erskine Edinburgh Home, after being recognized as Home Care Service of the Year.

Pauline McIntyre, assistant director of care at the veterans charity, later received the Management and Leader award.

Erskine’s director of care, Derek Barron, told The Gazette: “I would firstly like to congratulate Alison and her team at Erskine Edinburgh on this well-deserved honour.

“The past two years have been exceptionally challenging and this recognition of the excellent teamwork and dedication of staff, focused on person-centred care, during extremely difficult times, is very well deserved.
“We are incredibly proud of everyone who helped Erskine Edinburgh win this award.

“As we work together as a team, around the care of our residents, it is good to stop occasionally and recognize the exceptional contribution of an individual, and that is what the Management and leadership gives us the opportunity to do.

“The award recognizes Pauline’s individual contribution, effort and the expertise she brings every day to her work here at Erskine and in contributing to the national agenda.

“We are very proud of Pauline and the achievements that led her to win this prestigious award, made all the more meaningful by her peers in the Scottish care home sector.”

Ian Cumming MBE, Managing Director of Erskine, added: “To be shortlisted for three awards and to win two is a huge honor and speaks volumes about the professionalism, compassion and innovation of our staff to make our work so successful. recognized.

“As one of Scotland’s most iconic and trusted charities, we could not rely on such high ratios, or provide the expertise and unique care facilities that we do, without the trust and support from a veritable army of volunteers, fundraisers, supporters and donors.”

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Falklands War report kept for 30 years donated to charity for veterans https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/falklands-war-report-kept-for-30-years-donated-to-charity-for-veterans/ Mon, 04 Apr 2022 13:09:38 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/falklands-war-report-kept-for-30-years-donated-to-charity-for-veterans/ A government report on the Falklands War signed by Margaret Thatcher has been donated to a veterans’ charity to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the conflict. A copy of the Falklands Island Review was given to The Poppy Factory by Lord Lee of Trafford, a former Tory MP who served as Defense Minister immediately […]]]>

A government report on the Falklands War signed by Margaret Thatcher has been donated to a veterans’ charity to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the conflict.

A copy of the Falklands Island Review was given to The Poppy Factory by Lord Lee of Trafford, a former Tory MP who served as Defense Minister immediately after the 1982 war and worked closely with the former Prime Minister.

The document, also known as the Franks Report, will be the centerpiece of a special exhibition on the Falklands at the charity’s visitor center in Richmond, south-west London, which is due to be unveiled in the coming weeks and will show how those affected by the conflict have been supported by the charity.

Lord Lee’s copy of the 1983 report is signed by both former Prime Minister and former Defense Secretary John Nott.



I sent a copy to the Falklands to display in the museum there

Lord Lee of Trafford

Lord Lee said: “I was particularly interested when the Franks report came out and somehow managed to get Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Defense Secretary John Nott to sign three copies. , which I kept for more than 30 years.

“I sent a copy to the Falklands for display in the museum there.

“Because I live in Richmond and have been a long time supporter of The Poppy Factory, it occurred to me that a second copy should be here for the community to see.

“The Falklands were an example of the courage and tenacity of our armed forces, as it was by no means certain when the task force set out that it would succeed.

“Very unfortunately, 255 of our soldiers lost their lives and others were injured. It is important that we remember them, alongside all those who have given their lives in other conflicts.

He also donated a cover note from Tory MP Ian Gow, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher, who was killed seven years later in 1990 in an IRA bombing.

Lord Lee donates Franks Report into the Falklands to The Poppy Factory with Managing Director Deirdre Mills (The Poppy Factory)

The Richmond peer donations coincide with the 40th anniversary of the start of the conflict and with the charity’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

The Poppy Factory was originally founded by Major George Howson MC, a British Army officer, five years after he was awarded the Military Cross in 1917. He wanted to provide employment for veterans injured in the First World War .

The factory was originally used to create remembrance wreaths and poppies, but has since evolved into an organization that aims to help veterans with health issues find work in England and Wales .



It will take pride of place in our new display

General Manager Deirdre Mills

Its visitor centre, which was opened by its godmother the Duchess of Cornwall last November, will host several other exhibitions currently in development.

Deirdre Mills, Managing Director of The Poppy Factory, said: “We are extremely grateful to Lord Lee for this wonderful and timely gift.

“It will take pride of place in our new exhibition, which will be entirely dedicated to the Falklands and those members of our community whose experiences have been shaped by the legacy of this conflict.”

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Veteran’s charity to host final march for Erskine event https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-charity-to-host-final-march-for-erskine-event/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 20:36:26 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-charity-to-host-final-march-for-erskine-event/ ONE of Renfrewshire’s best-known charities is encouraging people to attend a Family Fun Day this weekend to help raise vital funds. Veterans’ charity Erskine will hold the grand finale of its latest fundraising campaign, which will see veterans, families and local residents compete in a 3k event on Saturday. The event will take place at […]]]>

ONE of Renfrewshire’s best-known charities is encouraging people to attend a Family Fun Day this weekend to help raise vital funds.

Veterans’ charity Erskine will hold the grand finale of its latest fundraising campaign, which will see veterans, families and local residents compete in a 3k event on Saturday.

The event will take place at The Erskine Home in Bishopton and is the culmination of a month of virtual fundraising, with supporters digging up their boots to take part in the sponsored marching event in March.

In addition to participating in the 3km walk, people of all ages can enjoy a day of family fun that will include a scavenger hunt, as well as food stalls and entertainment.

Joanna Martin, who is a former RAF Auxiliary, told The Gazette: “The 3km live march is a chance for those who didn’t make it to the virtual event to join in the fun, as well as raising money for such a fantastic charity that took great care of me when I needed it most.

Army Veteran Danny Mavor said: ‘The route through the beautiful Erskine Veterans Village is excellent, suitable for bikes, chairs and pushchairs and there are plenty of seats along the way. for those who want to take their time.

“It’s going to be a brilliant day with all the profits going to Erskine. I can’t say enough good things about Erskine and the care he provides.

All funds raised at the event will be used to transform the lives of nearly 1,000 veterans and their families supported by Erskine each year.

Zee Fletcher, Events Manager at Erskine, added: “We are absolutely delighted with the response to our March for Erskine virtual event and are sure the live event will be just as good.

“We have organized a fantastic day, a day that everyone will enjoy. We look forward to welcoming everyone on Saturday March 26th.

Ian Cumming MBE, Managing Director of Erskine, added: “By participating in our March for Erskine events, our supporters will help provide the high level of care that our veterans so deserve.

“The Erskine Walk is the perfect opportunity to get outside, fall behind and support our nation’s veterans through fitness and fun.”

To register for the event, go to register.enthuse.com/ps/event/MarchforErskineLiveEvent.

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Alleged coupon scam is a big misunderstanding, veterans charity says – HighRiverOnline.com https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/alleged-coupon-scam-is-a-big-misunderstanding-veterans-charity-says-highriveronline-com/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:48:45 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/alleged-coupon-scam-is-a-big-misunderstanding-veterans-charity-says-highriveronline-com/ An alleged scam at Okotoks turned out to be a legitimate fundraiser for veterans. Earlier in the week, the Okotoks Legion heard of a man posing as a Legion member selling fake coupon books at local businesses. A few of their members had bought books, thinking that the profits would benefit the Ukrainian people. It […]]]>

An alleged scam at Okotoks turned out to be a legitimate fundraiser for veterans.

Earlier in the week, the Okotoks Legion heard of a man posing as a Legion member selling fake coupon books at local businesses.

A few of their members had bought books, thinking that the profits would benefit the Ukrainian people.

It turned out to be a legitimate fundraiser for a non-profit organization called “True Patriot Love”.

A representative of the non-profit organization appeared at three businesses in Okotoks to sell $25 coupon books, with permission from the owners/managers of the business.

Somewhere along the line alarm bells rang for a Legion member who relayed the sighting to the Legion itself, which informed all of its members, before any further sightings were reported. .

Fundraiser organizer Keenan Tameling says he was able to quickly determine what happened and contact Okotoks RCMP to clear things up, but by then the news had spread. quite widespread.

“We basically clarified that we are associated with a legitimate and active charity for veterans, and that we have a coupon book and that all businesses honor coupons and are active businesses and that there is no But by then, we’ve already acknowledged that apparently a whole bunch of media noticed it and there was this swirling storm that we’ve never experienced. “

He also contacted the Legion to assure them that the volunteer was not posing as a member.

“I really thought of it as ‘you know what? They’re just trying to protect the veterans, the Legion, stuff like that. So when they released this APB to all their members, they were just trying to protect people. also learned from talking to the RCMP that apparently Okotoks is a bit of a target place for people doing unwarranted solicitations with fake charities and things like that so maybe the whole population here is aware and sensitive to this kind of scam.”

True Patriot Love supports a number of veteran organizations, including the Calgary Alpha House Society, the Calgary Veterans Food Bank, and the Military Families Support Society.

“I like to call them United Way of Veterans Charities because they basically help different veterans charities with their projects, get their programming funding and that sort of thing,” says Tameling.

The coupon book itself features several Calgary businesses and a few from Okotoks, including Cha Cha John’s and Millenium Lanes.

“I’m glad to be able to clear things up and let people know that our coupon book is a legitimate fundraising activity for True Patriot Love, and it’s a great charity for veterans. who does a great job with veterans across the country, and that our fundraising book targets those funds locally.”

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Alleged coupon scam is a big misunderstanding, veterans charity says – OkotoksOnline.com https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/alleged-coupon-scam-is-a-big-misunderstanding-veterans-charity-says-okotoksonline-com/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/alleged-coupon-scam-is-a-big-misunderstanding-veterans-charity-says-okotoksonline-com/ An alleged scam at Okotoks turned out to be a legit fundraiser for veterans. Earlier in the week, the Okotoks Legion heard of a man posing as a Legion member selling fake coupon books at local businesses. A few of their members had bought books, thinking that the profits would benefit the Ukrainian people. It […]]]>

An alleged scam at Okotoks turned out to be a legit fundraiser for veterans.

Earlier in the week, the Okotoks Legion heard of a man posing as a Legion member selling fake coupon books at local businesses.

A few of their members had bought books, thinking that the profits would benefit the Ukrainian people.

It turned out to be a legitimate fundraiser for a non-profit organization called “True Patriot Love”.

A representative of the non-profit organization appeared at three businesses in Okotoks to sell $25 coupon books, with permission from the owners/managers of the business.

Somewhere along the line alarm bells rang for a Legion member who relayed the sighting to the Legion itself, which informed all of its members, before any further sightings were reported. .

Fundraiser organizer Keenan Tameling says he was able to quickly determine what happened and contact Okotoks RCMP to clear things up, but by then the news had spread. quite widespread.

“We basically clarified that we are associated with a legitimate and active charity for veterans, and that we have a coupon book and that all businesses honor coupons and are active businesses and that there is no But by then, we’ve already acknowledged that apparently a whole bunch of media noticed it and there was this swirling storm that we’ve never experienced. “

He also contacted the Legion to assure them that the volunteer was not posing as a member.

“I really thought of it as ‘you know what? They’re just trying to protect the veterans, the Legion, stuff like that. So when they released this APB to all their members, they were just trying to protect people. also learned from talking to the RCMP that apparently Okotoks is a bit of a target place for people doing unwarranted solicitations with fake charities and things like that so maybe the whole population here is aware and sensitive to this kind of scam.”

True Patriot Love supports a number of veteran organizations, including the Calgary Alpha House Society, the Calgary Veterans Food Bank, and the Military Families Support Society.

“I like to call them United Way of Veterans Charities because they basically help different veterans charities with their projects, get their programming funding and that sort of thing,” says Tameling.

The coupon book itself features several Calgary businesses and a few from Okotoks, including Cha Cha John’s and Millenium Lanes.

“I’m glad to be able to clear things up and let people know that our coupon book is a legitimate fundraising activity for True Patriot Love, and it’s a great charity for veterans. who does a great job with veterans across the country, and that our fundraising book targets those funds locally.”

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