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The monthly Veterans’ Hub at Chevrons Living, Fordingbridge’s retirement community is now free to attend after a generous donation of £500 from Ringwood and District Round Table, a Hampshire community group that gives donations to worthy causes.

Formed in 2019, the Ringwood and District Round Table is made up of young men, aged between 18 and 45, with the aim to have fun, make friends and try new things, all the while raising money for charity and getting involved in the local community.

Free of charge to all veterans and their families aged 18 and over, the Veterans’ Hub at Chevrons Living runs from 10 am – 12 pm on the third Thursday of every month. The friendly, informal event strives to provide a safe and positive environment for veterans and their family to socialise, make new friends, and enjoy a bacon or sausage bap cooked by Chevrons Living’s friendly staff.

Chairperson Francis Charlton and committee member Mark Frost, himself a former Marine, were both left hugely impressed by Chevrons’ commitment to the community. They visited the development at the last veterans’ hub to present the cheque to Chevrons Living’s CEO Barry Robbins. They also noted the retirement’s luxurious living spaces, exclusively designed for veterans and former emergency service personnel, and the new bed and breakfast facilities, which recently opened for short-term respite breaks for veterans and caregivers.

Mark said: “Our shared goal is not to become yet another ‘social club,’ but to put back into our community and to inspire others to do the same. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to donate £500 to Chevrons Living on behalf of the Ringwood and District Round Table. This donation will ensure that future Veterans Hubs will continue to be free to attend, making sure this vital service remains accessible to all.”

Barry said: “We are extremely grateful to the Ringwood and District Round Table for its generous donation. Having a Veterans Hub in the local area is extremely important, as it provides a safe and welcoming space for our veterans to come together, share experiences, and support one another.

“This kind of community engagement is invaluable in ensuring that those who have served our country continue to feel recognised and supported. The donation from the Ringwood and District Round Table will help us to expand our services and enhance the quality of our gatherings, making each event more meaningful for our veterans. We are committed to maintaining and growing this vital resource in our community.”

The next Veterans Hub will be held on Thursday, 16th May and there is no need to book ahead. For more information on Chevrons Living, or if you have any questions, please email or phone 01425 200428.

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