The Not Forgotten
Through social activities and challenges, The Not Forgotten combats the causes of isolation and loneliness; a blight that adversely affects so many wounded, injured and sick service personnel and disabled members of the Armed Forces community.
A tri-service charity founded in 1920, they support over 10,000 wounded service personnel and disabled veterans each year – no matter their Service, age, campaign, injury or illness – through a programme of Royal events, respite holidays and outings, concerts and the provision of televisions, television licences and tablet computers.
Each of these events and activities is designed to enhance mental and physical wellbeing, restore confidence, boost morale and improve the chances of these individuals and their families enjoying a normal, if not better, life. The therapeutic effect of time spent with like-minded individuals not only creates lifelong friendships, but an invaluable environment in which service personnel and veterans support one another.
Beneficiaries of The Not Forgotten
Karl joined the Army aged 16 and served tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot.
After being diagnosed with PTSD, Karl was medically discharged in 2015. Karl has since taken part in a broad range of NFA events, including a battlefield tour to Malta, Founder’s Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and skiing holidays in France and Colorado.
“I have been extremely lucky to have been looked after by the NFA who are my new family and where I belong. If a smile is worth at least a million pounds, then the NFA makes me feel like a billionaire.”
Whilst serving in Northern Ireland with the Royal Military Police in 1994, Caroline suffered gunshot wounds to her hand, back and face. She also took a shot to her head; fortunately her helmet saved her life.
Following her medical discharge Caroline did not attend any social events until she was invited to the NFA Garden Party in 2016.
“The Association made me feel included in the military family again, welcomed me into this group that understood how I felt, who got it. I was no longer forgotten; I belonged again to a new, wonderful, caring, compassionate family.”
In 2010, Al – a former Welsh Guardsman – lost both his legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq whilst working as a civilian.
He has gone on to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, completed the Three Peaks Challenge, trekked across the Falklands and become the first double amputee to complete the Welsh 2 Day Enduro.
“Without the NFA I’m not sure where I’d be in life. You’ve given me so many opportunities to push myself and show that there is life beyond injuries. I’ve made some of the best friends you could wish for because of the NFA and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for that.”