Hundreds arrive at Basecamp in Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Feb 28, 2017 - 04:00 PM

More than 100 serving soldiers, reserves, veterans, cadets and their families visited Shepway’s Basecamp KENT to help them get their fair share of local services.


On Friday 17 February, Folkestone Sports Centre hosted the event to show people connected to the Armed Forces what help is available to them on issues like housing, health and employment, and to promote volunteering and other activities.


Basecamp in Folkestone

The event was run in partnership between Shepway District Council and Royal British Legion Industries as part of the council’s Armed Forces Covenant - a promise that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.

Chairman of Shepway District Council, Jan Holben attended on behalf of Shepway District Council.

Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This area has had a long association with the armed forces and we know that the nation owes the brave people who serve in the armed forces and their families an immense debt of gratitude. That is probably why we were the first District Council in the county to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

Maj D O'Connor, Cllr Holben, H Birkby, Peter Ellis SERFCA, Corp Limbu and M Bishop RBLi

“I would like to thank, Alex Sansom, one of our Community Officers, who worked hard to make this event such a success. It helped us establish a secure “Basecamp” from which we can continue to make sure that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and don’t miss out on the services and support they need and deserve.”

If anyone who serves or has served in the Armed Forces, or their families members, missed the event but would like to know more about the Armed Forces Covenant please email: [1]

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