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Forces Children's Trust wins a "Millie"

Denny Wise is very proud and honoured to be awarded the "Support to the Armed Forces Millie" at the glittering Sun Military Awards ceremony in London.
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The Joggle"Tea and Cake Team"

completed their 6 of their ride from John O'Groates To Lands End and they are feeling the pain!  
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The Soldiers join the FCT.
The Soldiers have created musical history by becoming the first group ever of serving, British soldiers to have two hit Top 5 and Top 10 albums. And now, they have joined the Forces Children's Trust as Patrons.

Thank you, guys!
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Visit to the House of Commons
Party of 25 get inside access to the Houses of Parliament including lunch in the Speaker's apartment.
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A big THANK YOU to the Shaw family who climbed the Penn Y Fann to raise money for FCT awareness and the Nepal trip. The party reported "very chilly" conditions but managed to make the top and return in great spirits.

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The HMRC Registered Charity Hug a Tree UK was formed in order to teach young children how to stay safe in both the rural and urban environments in the event that they become separated from their parent or gaurdian.

The UK Hug a Tree was based on the American model which is well established and forms a vital element of the Search and Rescue (SAR) organisations. It is also well established in Canada where it is under the management of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The philosophy and teaching techniques were developed following the death of a young child, Jimmy Beveridge, who went missing and was found deceased after four days of intensive searching by SAR and other search participants. We were very pleased and proud to have Jimmy's parents as the Patrons of the UK Hug a Tree Programme. Unfortunately despite much effort by the small management team, we have due to a number of reasons, resource and personal, had to cease our activities and bring an end to Hug a Tree here in the UK.

From our fund raising activities we had a sum of unspent funds for which we needed to find a similarly minded charity to whom we could donate these funds to. After much research and comparison we decided that the most appropriate and worthy cause is The Forces Children's Trust. I contacted the CEO, Denny Wise and together with David Ivatt of Hug a Tree we duly met with Denny at Epsom on the 30th September where we had a very useful and interesting exchange of information culminating in David Ivatt passing a cheque, the balance of Hug a Tree funds, to Denny Wise. I headed this article Mixed Feelings, for David Ivatt and myself it was a sad day in that it marked the final chapter of Hug a Tree in the UK but we were equally pleased to have established a relationship with Denny Wise and to know that albeit limited, the cheque will be put to very good use. The photo is of David Ivatt passing the cheque to Denny Wise. We wish all those associated with The Forces Children's Trust well, the work that you are doing is so important.

Os Oliver Former Chairman of Hug a Tree UK.

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The Forces Children's Trust have recently completed another successful adventure holiday to the Lake District. Watch the film made about the holiday at the Forces Network web site.

The lovely ladies of Epsom Allsorts Ladies Running Club presenting a cheque for £500.00 to Denny Wise (Founder of the FCT).

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In the first two weeks of April 2017, a group of 16 young people travelled to Nepal. The goals of the trip were to help in a school affected by the 2015 earthquake, to go trekiing and to experience a multi-day white water rafting trip. With much of the day to day running of the trip being the responsibility of the group, not only was it a great experience but also an opportunity to learn new team and leadership skills.

These are a selection of images and comments from the group.

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Going to Nepal for two weeks has taught me to take nothing for granted, and appreciate what you have got while you've still got it.

 

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I loved meeting the local children, playing with them and making them smile!

 

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It was a fabulous adventure!

 

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Amazing and completely unforgettable.

 

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Travelling to Nepal offered me so much perspective on how lucky we are in the UK.

 

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At times it was challenging but I feel like I overcame so many fears.

 

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My highlight of the whole trip has got to be the opportunity to spend quality time with some of my closest friends.

 

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A little while ago my tutor asked if we had any suggestions for a house charity, I put forward FCT as a suggestion. A couple of weeks ago I was told that it had been chosen as our house charity! As it was my suggestion we (my tutor group) decided that we would do the first fundraiser today. As a lot of people do bake sales at school we decided that we wanted to have a lucky dip (all the prizes were sweets) and also sell chocolate. And it was a massive success! We sold out of chocolate in the first half an hour and by the end of lunchtime our lucky dip was also sold out. Although it took a while two boys from my tutor (Harry and Reuben who helped with everything!) counted up all of the money and found out that we managed to raise £44.40 (double the price that we spent on sweets and chocolate)!
I have attached a few pictures of the stall as I thought you might want to see some of it

Katie Bradshaw.

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