20 veterans joined us for two respite breaks at Ashcombe Estate in Devon, as guests of the Rayner family, where they could relax and leave behind any worries or concerns.
Each event took place over four days; one for veterans and their partners, followed by a group of individuals, who pitted themselves against each other as they enjoyed a variety of exciting activities and some friendly competition, at the Ashcombe Activity Centre.
The events are designed to encourage comradeship and challenge through fun games and activities including clay shooting, archery, go karting and quad biking. For those who preferred something a little less fast-paced, but no less competitive, quoits, ladder ball and bean bag tossing were also on the agenda.
Veterans stayed at Ashcombe Cottages on the Estate and enjoyed evening BBQ’s and games that will brought everyone together, including charades and The Not Forgotten’s very own version of The Chase!
Brigadier James Stopford, CBE, CEO of The Not Forgotten said: “These respite trips are particularly important, as one provides an opportunity for veterans’ partners to accompany them.
“This enabled them to unwind together and have a bit of fun and respite, regain some balance and share experiences in the company of like-minded individuals.
“Our trips are all about comradeship and support and this event helps to ensure veterans’ partners, who provide invaluable ongoing support to those who have suffered physical injuries or are experiencing mental health issues, are not forgotten.
“We find these trips have a significant positive effect on individual’s health and wellbeing, improving their self-esteem and dignity. It is a fantastic opportunity for them to feel connected again after the isolation of 2020 and it is a great privilege for us to help lift their spirits and rekindle their confidence.”