Following on from the successful day trip to Newby Hall earlier in the autumn, another day trip tackling loneliness and isolation for Veterans has recently taken place, this time to Catterick Garrison and The Light Dragoons based at Gaza Barracks. Veterans were invited from across the Richmondshire, Hambleton and Harrogate areas and transport was again provided to enable all invited to attend.
The veterans were invited into the Officer’s Mess for a talk by the regimental historian and a tour of the regimental silver. Bringing the veterans up to date with modern warfare, a display of current equipment followed in the hangar along with a chance to chat and question current serving members of the Armed Forces. The day was rounded off with lunch at a local farm café and even included a birthday cake to celebrate a veteran’s birthday.
Captain Colin Davidson, the Unit Welfare Officer of The Light Dragoons said: “It was real pleasure and a privilege to give something back to those that have walked in our boots in the past. All of our soldiers really enjoyed the event and were only too happy to show off a little.”
Our volunteers enjoyed themselves too, with one saying: “I had a lovely time, I learned lots of new things.”
However, most importantly our veterans thoroughly enjoyed their day out; a chance to chat to others, reminisce and simply laugh together.
Find out more about our Ex-Forces Support project here.