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Club’s inaugural Armed Forces Veterans’ Coffee Morning a roaring success

22 December 2021

Morecambe FC Community Sports welcomed Veterans from around the area to come together, meet and socialise over a brew at the Mazuma Stadium on Wednesday.

Veterans from around Lancashire gathered at the Mazuma Stadium on Wednesday to meet for a brew, a bacon sandwich and a chat, all whilst seeing what support is available if required.

The drop-in event, which was free of charge, saw over 30 Veterans in attendance and has prompted calls for more frequent gatherings, starting in the New Year.

Gary Heys, a support co-ordinator from the First Light Trust who offer support for those who served in the emergancy services and the armed forces as well as their families, says the event was a much needed support network for those that need it.

"Veterans are unique in society," he said.

"They sit their unnoticed, they're very proud, they don't like asking for help.

"What Stewart [Glover] and the club have done is brought them together, they're in an atmosphere that only Veterens will understand and Morecambe have offered this to them, this is somethere they can speak freely and feel comfortable."

General Manager Ben Sadler says the popularity of the coffee morning has opened the door for similar events to take place more frequently.

He said: "[It's an] amazing turnout just before Christmas, we said 'look if one person turns up, then we've made a difference', I think we've got 30 here this morning.

"We have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant where we support, as best we can, Armed Forces initiatives and Veterans, and serving Armed Forces' personnel.

"The plan is, for now, to do this every month or so, we're just deciding exactly what that's going to look like, when it's going to fall in the month, but with the success of today, I've got absolutely no doubt that it'll go from strength to strength." 

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