On Tuesday 20 July 2021, the Sussex Armed Forces Network celebrated its 10th Anniversary and held an Awards ceremony for both Sussex, Kent and Medway Networks. This was held at the Carter Barracks in Eastbourne hosted by The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.
We were honoured to have the awards presented by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Sir Peter Field KCVO. Also present at the event was the High Sheriff of East Sussex, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury and many members of the Armed Forces community.
The Lord Lieutenant was welcomed to the event with a fanfare from members of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment's band.
The event celebrated the collaborative working which has been key to the success of the Network; working with organisations outside of the NHS and in conjunction with the MOD, the Network has become award winning both locally and nationally. The Network is now seen as an exemplar of best practice with aspects of this work being rolled out nationally. The innovative approach and ways of working has enabled members of the Armed Forces community whether serving, ex-service or family members to make contact and benefit from the established links within the Network organisations therefore receiving timely and appropriate support. It strives to be inclusive to all the diverse members of this community and in partnership provide the skills to support the community to help themselves.
Speeches were made by:
Awards were presented to:-
In addition, the Lord Lieutenant gave a special award to Kate Parkin the Director of the Armed Forces Network who has led the Network since its inception.
The Network also gave thanks to the Lord Lieutenant for his support over the last 10 years and wished him well with his retirement.
Please see the video below to view the speeches which were made on the day. All media courtesy of Stewart Turkington Photography.