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cup of coffee with the words: Join us for an armed forces brew up

Our Armed Forces Advocate Martin Flint-Johnson is holding a Brew Up event on 15 January at Airedale Hospital.

Anyone with a military connection including patients, visitors and staff who are serving or ex-armed forces are welcome to drop by.

The Brew Up is from 9.30-10.30am in the restaurant (location C30) at Airedale Hospital and free brews and cake are on offer.

Martin says:

“It’s just about getting together, sharing stories and giving a bit of support or advice to each other if it’s needed, along with some forces chat.  Anyone who’s served can stop by and find some friendly faces and a bit of company.”

Martin is an ex-serviceman himself and served in the Army with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for 10 years, on both active service and peacekeeping tours around the world. He is now in receipt of a War Disability Pension for physical ailments which occurred while serving and received support from the Hidden Wounds service for his mental health, providing him with a good understanding of the challenges some people from the Armed Forces community may experience.

He joined Airedale as the Armed Forces Advocate in November 2022 and works to identify and talk to ex-armed forces or serving personnel that come into the hospital, or are staff, and their immediate families, to see if there is any additional support that could help.  He has already supported over 200 people from the Armed Forces community in his first year.  Martin has also been raising the profile of the Armed Forces by training staff on veteran-specific needs to ensure that the community are supported and never disadvantaged when receiving care.

For more info contact martin.flint-johnson@nhs.net or phone 07880 441352 or see the trust website page here.