Veterans Boat Project Receives a blessing in St Andrews Church on St Georges Day
Yesterday, on St Georges Day, which turned out to be one of the most beautiful days of the year, a group of veterans from the charity Forward Assist arrived at St Andrews Church with a boat they had renovated and painted in the regimental colours of the now disbanded Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Infantry Regiment. This work was carried out with the help of Craig Dallison from International Paints in the latter part of 2013. The boat was donated by Aden Veteran Dusty Miller so that veterans of all ages could make use of it as a recreational and educational facility. Sadly Dusty died before he could see the restoration work completed. Dusty’s widow, Jen attended the ceremony which was held at St Andrews Church in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne and she is pictured with Steve Jackson, Forward Assists Office Manager and Canon Glyn Evans who facilitated the Blessing and re-naming ceremony. The boat will be used to give veterans suffering from PTSD (and their families) a welcome recreational break whilst Forward Assist volunteers will be trained up in basic navigation and boat handling skills. The work to refurbish the inside of the boat is not yet complete and funding is being sought to finish off the work before it is officially launched. If anyone thinks that they can help with this work we would be delighted to hear from them.