The Sandbag Times Issue No: 51

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The Veterans Magazine


Christmas came early for the Tommy

Atkins Centre when the Veterans Raffle

passed over a well needed donation to

the Worcester veterans centre.

Just recently, the Tommy Atkins Centre

launched a new project to help veterans in

crisis called the Veterans Online Rewind

Therapy System. However, the centre has

survived on donated laptops and hand-medown

phones and other equipment.

However, thanks to the Veterans Raffle, the

centre now has a brand new laptop to deal

with the high online demand from veterans in

need of assistance.

The Veterans Raffle formed a great working

relationship with the Sandbag Times, who

founded the Tommy Atkins Centre in 2017

and has worked mutually together over the

past year to assist veterans in a variety of

ways. Chris Hearn, the founder and chairman

of Veterans Raffle has been a big supporter

of the publication and the Tommy

Atkins Centre over the past year after hearing

how the organisation helps veterans in their

own unique way.

The Veterans Raffle was established to fund

charities that support veterans suffering from

mental health-related conditions such as

PTSD, complex injuries such as loss of limb

and those who find themselves out of work &

homeless. The Veterans Raffle currently supports

10 veterans charities and is the only UK

raffle or lottery to apportion 95% of your

donations to charity and prizes - retaining

only 5% towards admin and marketing costs.

You can find out more and enter the Raffle by

going to

Peterhead veteran in horrific accident will

embark on epic fundraising motorbike ride

A veteran, who almost lost a leg in a horrific

accident, is raising funds for the

organisation which is helping him to

achieve his dream of getting back on a


Derek Hunter was riding his 2005 model

Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer motorbike past

Trump International in February, 2017

when he was involved in a four-vehicle

collision. Mr Hunter, a civil servant from

Peterhead, suffered life-threatening

injuries to his right leg when his femur

and knee were left shattered. But now,

almost two years later, with the support

of family and friends, allied to his determination

to climb back on a bike, Mr

Hunter is trying to raise £1,000 to support

the organisation who made that

dream possible. In May, the 46-year-old

will ride across the American Wild West

challenge thanks to backing from nonprofit

organisation Bike Tours for the

Wounded (BTFTW). The organisation

ensures that service personnel, who are

injured, wounded or become sick in a

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way which is career or life-limiting,

receive the opportunity to escape from

their comfort zone as a means of aiding

their recovery. Mr Hunter was a soldier

in the Royal Signals for 19 years before

he left in 2014 and got involved with

BTFTW through his brother. He said: “I

was on my way down to see relatives in

the central belt on when I was involved

in a major accident near to the entrance

to Trump International golf course and

was knocked off my motorbike by a car

that was attempting to avoid a truck and

car that had collided. Read more here...


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