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Solent’s Armed Forces Network members join together to honour Armistice Day

Solent NHS Trust’s Armed Forces Network members joined together to commemorate Armistice Day, with a service held at St Mary's Community Health Campus in Portsmouth.

Network members and staff representatives from across the Trust attended a remembrance service yesterday, led by Trust Chaplain, Emma D'aeth, which centred around the theme of ‘service’ and the cost to those who serve or have served their nation. The event was recorded and shared with all colleagues today online on Armistice Day, and ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Solent Chaplain, Emma D’aeth, said: “We joined together to reflect on, and pay our respects to, the ultimate sacrifice of those who have been lost serving their country, and to show our admiration and support for Armed Forces personnel past and present.”

The service was the first formal gathering of the network since it was renamed and relaunched in late September.

Solent’s Armed Forces Lead Manager, Andrew Spencer, said: “We are really pleased to have recently renamed and relaunched our Armed Forces Network as it provides a supportive space for staff who are veterans, reservists, and their families, to share their experiences and recognise the contribution and unique skills they bring to our services.”

The Trust’s Armed Forces Executive Lead, Nikki Burnett, added: “We have embarked on an exciting new chapter for our Armed Forces staff, not only with the network relaunch and renaming, but also our recent Veteran Aware accreditation. The accreditation recognises Solent’s solid commitment to be an exemplar of the best care for, and support to, the armed forces community, be they Regular, Reserves, Veterans, spouses or dependants, and delivering our duty of due regard  to the Armed Forces Covenant.

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