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The Sandbag Times Issue No: 51

The Veterans Magazine

VETERANS RAFFLE DONATES

VETERANS RAFFLE DONATES £500 TO THE TOMMY ATKINS CENTRE 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 https://veteransraffle.uk 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 motorbike. 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 Story: Press & Journal 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... GET HELP NOW: SSAFA Helpline 0800 731 4880 | 10 www.sandbagtimes.co.uk

ASK KERRY Ask Kerry... Let her help you to open doors www.opendoortraining.co.uk Fill in the Blanks Happy xxx Year Xxx Beginnings Xxx Look Brave xxx World Xxx Year Resolutions This is the time of year when we look back at the old year and see a new year beckoning. Full of possibilities. I have always told my clients that this is the time of year when they need to look at their CV. Give it a ‘spring clean’. Review the content, decide what information is still relevant [or not]. The task is not onerous. Put the kettle on [those that know me will be smiling at that comment] and spend no more than 3 minutes reviewing your CV with cold eyes. Pen in hand, mug of tea in another. Why you may be asking? It is important to give your CV a ‘health check’. It is a record of your work. [Present and past]. Mark on the CV skills you have learned in the last 12 months, increased responsibilities at work [promotions and so on], CPD activities, new career highlights etc. for job applications but as a ‘marker’ of your progress. It is a record that you use as an aidememoire when preparing for Performance Review Meetings, promotion boards and last and certainly not least a way of checking salary levels. I have saved my favourite saying for now. New Year New You. The 3 minutes you spend reviewing your CV is the first step. Small steps at the beginning of a longer journey. I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful 2019. When you have done all of the above, put the day’s date in the top left hand corner and make a note to yourself to update the CV, he first week of January. If you don’t already do so, keep a paper copy of your CVs on file. With the year marked in red in the top right hand corner. Inevitably they will in years ahead, be viewed as a resource for meandering down Memory Lane/Amnesia Ave. Which is fine! An updated CV is a resource. Not only GET HELP NOW: Combat Stress 0800 138 1619 www.sandbagtimes.co.uk 11 |

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