Although we’ve been in lockdown for over six weeks now, there’s still been a lot going on at Woody’s Lodge in the background!
Have you joined us for one of our virtual coffee socials yet? Find all the details on our Facebook page here.
Woody’s Lodge 100 Miles in May
As it is National Walking Month, Woody’s Lodge has joined forces with two wonderful local charities St David’s Hospice and Ty-hafan children’s hospice in a fundraising challenge. Both of the partnered charities lead the way in supporting families through challenging times and have supported many Veterans and their families over the years. All the monies raised will be divided amongst the three charities so that they can all continue to do the much-needed work they do supporting Veterans and families.
Inspired by Captain Tom Moore, we’re looking to tackle 100!
We are challenging everyone to join us as they cover 100 miles in the month of May (whilst adhering to Government guidelines on how to exercise safely). You can walk, run, march or even YOMP it… just GO FOR IT! If you want to break it down over the 31 days of May it works out to only 3.22 miles a day or 6,400 steps, so you might have a bit of catching up to do!
So, lace up your trainers and start logging your miles/steps. Keep us posted on your progress on social media by using the official hashtag #WL100MilesInMay to be part of the campaign. Feel free to post pictures and videos of what you are doing and seeing while you are ticking off the miles! If you would like to contribute to their fundraising, you can do so here.
An Update from Woody’s Lodge
Woody’s Lodge has been gifted a farm in West Wales! This farm holds a wealth of possibilities for us, from allowing us to extend our services to a project we’ve been working on with the Wye-Forward, providing getaways for veterans and their families to reconnect in a green setting.
We were recently awarded two major Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust grants through “Positive Pathways” and “Removing Barriers to Family Life” that will enable us to develop our work across Wales over the next 2 years!
Plus, we have been granted funding from the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity in partnership with Greenwich Hospital! This funding will allow us to actively engage with the Royal Navy & Royal Marine veterans community in South East Wales, as well as enabling greater access to our social, signposting and support facilities.
Find out all about our funding and grants here.
We need your help!
In order to prepare the West Wales Farm and to open our new Drop-in Centre, we are looking for some gardening equipment to help them to carry out some much-needed work.
We are looking for the following equipment:
– Petrol lawn mowers
– Petrol strimmers/brush cutters
– Chain saws and safety equipment (Helmet/ear defenders/visor or goggles/chaps/leather gloves)
– Industrial hedge trimmers
– Tree pruners and long handled pruners
– Industrial weedkiller sprayer
– General garden equipment such as rakes, spades etc
– Fuel cans (small and large)
If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange for collection at a safe distance!
If you, or somebody you know, is struggling since leaving active service, whether adjusting to civilian and family life or missing the camaraderie of the services, why not see how Woody’s Lodge can help? We’re a Welsh veteran’s charity that can support and signposting to the armed forces and their families. Take a look at our Veteran’s Stories, where you can see how we’ve supported other veterans, emergency service leavers and their families.