What we do?
We support any serving man or woman who is wounded, injured or sick and any veteran with a disability, illness or infirmity; whatever the cause and whenever it arose. Any serving or former member of The Royal Navy, The Royal Marines, The British Army, The Royal Air Force and The Merchant Navy, both Regular and Reserve Forces, may be eligible for our help.
- Royal Parties
- Outings and Lunches
- And more
Take a look at our gallery to check the events that we have organised in the past.
Events and Activities we offer
We hold several events for the veterans in NI Belfast Tattoo – Sat 8th September for Somme Nursing Home Residents.Watch out for the all future events to be advertised on our website and Facebook pages.
The Christmas tea party
We hold an annual Christmas tea party for veterans. One or more senior members of the royal family will be be among the guests. Some 300 guests enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea while being entertained by singers, magicians, caricaturists, balloonists, silhouette artists, celebrities and a military quintet.
Concerts and television
Each year we arrange dozens of concerts entertaining thousands of veterans and residents in ex-service care homes throughout England Scotland and NI. Our concerts in the homes are a highlight in their calendars and give a much needed morale boost to the elderly residents, many of whom are frail or live with dementia.
Outings and lunches
We provide fun days out for service personnel and veterans by providing outings and lunches. This helps in building acquaintances and provides much needed companionship to the elderly.
Shown right is the NMBVA at Moira roadshow held in Edenmore Golf club
Royal Garden Parties
Our Chairman, John Davies and his wife Dorothy are shown here enjoying a recent summer Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
From group holidays to short breaks, we organise holidays for hundreds of injured serving and ex-service men and women of all ages. These trips and experiences are tailored to the needs of the individual, including Trekking in Iceland, Skiing in France, Skiing in Colorado and holiday in Majorca.See below for a couple of examples from our latest trips.
ICELAND – TREKKING TRIP
Day 1 – 30 Aug 2017
We assembled as a group at the check in area in London Gatwick and after checking in and introductions we divided and sought out food before flying out that afternoon.
The flight was uneventful other than being delayed and after a short flight we arrived at Keflavík International Airport .
Having collected all bags we where greeted by the tour guides and set of on a four hour journey to the first campsite at Landmannalaugar.
We received instruction on setting up tents had food and settled down for the night.
Day 2 – 31 Aug 2017
The fist day of hiking consisted of a 24km hike over rising ground with the halfway point being at Hrafntinnusker at 1060m above sea level.
The nature of the ground soon split the group into two groups some quicker than others and the wet weather made the going a bit tougher than it should have been.
We regrouped at the Mountain Hut at Hraftinnusker for the last leg of the the day and after some 10 hours on the trail we reached the next stop of point at Alftavatn.
Upon reaching the campsite we had clear weather and the there was hope we may have seen the Northern Lights but we had no luck.
Day 3 – 1 Sep 2017
The morning was greeted by some tired and weary limbs and bright clear weather. Having had food and packed up we set of for Emstrur a distance of 19km.
The day was greeted us with bright sunshine and the route was less gruelling than the day before and we had stunning volcanic scenery.
The pace again split the group into two groups and we regrouped at one of the several rivers we had to cross.
We arrived Emstrur in good spirits and set up camp for the night.
Day 4 – 2 Sep 2017
The final day of hiking was a nice relaxed affair we had food and collapsed the tents and sent of on the final leg to Horsmok a distance of 14km.
The weather again today was overcast and there was rain on and off but spirits remained high.
The ground today was more undulating and the final hurdle was another river crossing.
We arrived as a group at the campsite at Horsmok in the early afternoon to find a bar and the group had a celebration pint.
Transport arrived and we departed for the hotel in Reykjavík some 4 hours away.
The group gathered in the early evening for a meal together and words of thanks.
Elements of the group took the chance to enjoy the evening in Reykjavík.
Day 5 – 3 Sep 2017
An early rise for breakfast and we decided to look at some of the tourist sights of Reykjavik before departing for the airport and arriving at Gatwick in the early evening before saying our goodbyes and thanks.
FRANCE – SKI STORY
Back in early January I received an email from Yvonne, my SAFFA caseworker and friend, asking me if I would be interested in a trip to La Plagne ski resort In the French Alps with the Not Forgotten Association, at the time I must admit I’d never heard of the association and I wondered what they did
After a bit of googling I quickly emailed back saying I’d love too, but I was a bit concerned about my level of fitness due to my previous operations and arthritis…
But as it turned out I needn’t have worried at all.
The association supports approximately 10,000 serving and ex-service men and women of all ages and they take into account the individual’s recovery pathway, service experience and level of injury or illness.
This wasn’t the first trip they’d ran so they were very knowledgeable about each persons different needs and level of experience.
Yvonne then explained a bit more about how the trip would work and that I would be sharing a room with another lad from Lisburn, “Pieter”, who I found to be a great guy!!! Sorry about the snoring bud, I hadn’t been sociable for sometime and I thought it would be good to push myself to meet new people.
On the day of the trip we all met up at Gatwick airport and booked into a hotel the night before our flight to Geneva early the next morning, this gave us all time to get to know one another.
I remember thinking that maybe I was there under false pretences as some of my fellow travellers had suffered horrific physical and mental injuries with many of them loosing limbs as a result, but the Association allowed us all to share our own experiences of service, injury and rehabilitation and this permitted us to provide support and advice to each other.
La Plagne was totally amazing and as skiing was new to me the association provided skiing lessons and all the equipment I needed.
I was in total awe of my now friend Rik Clement, who suffered horrendous injuries and lost both legs as a result, as he got on his ski bike and launched himself down slopes I would have thought twice about… I thought what a guy!!!!
The instructors we were provided with were from “Oxygene Ski school” they were fantastic, knowledgeable and in my case patient, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all….
Lastly I’d like to thank Yvonne for putting me in touch with Rosie and Ash who were lovely leaders and I’m now glad to say my friends.
I would recommend the Association to anyone they’ve given me the opportunity to meet inspirational people and have memories I’ll cherish forever.