TWENTY NINE troops will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for the military charity, Tickets For Troops (

The group, headed up by HQ London District, are already on target to raise £15,000 for the charity which offers free tickets to members of the Armed Forces to attend sports, music, theatre, cultural and entertainment events across the UK.

Many troops who benefit from Tickets For Troops endure long periods of separation from their families due to operational tours and training exercises or living apart from their loved ones.

Captain Jamie Harle of the Light Dragoons based at HQ London District said: “There is a real buzz about the team as we count down the last few days until the marathon on Sunday. From diets to pace it’s pretty much all we’re talking about!

The fund raising is nearly there and Sophie Dawes and Neil Fleck have raised more than double their targets – a big well done to the team, we’re very close to our £15,000 target but every little bit helps.

I need to thank Pooley Sword for their continued support and the team at Tickets For Troops who work tirelessly for our Armed Forces and their families.”

Veronica Bamford, Director of Operations at Tickets For Troops said: “This is the second year that the team at HQ London District have so generously chosen to support Tickets For Troops and we are hugely grateful to their massive efforts and their dedication to training and fundraising.”

The charity has distributed over 980,000 free tickets in the last seven years and is proud to offer tickets to troops which they can share with their loved ones, as a small acknowledgement and reward for the work they do for our country.

Organisations who would like to get involved with the charity and donate free tickets to benefit our servicemen and women can get in contact with Tickets For Troops by emailing or calling 0207 932 0808

Protecting a global city – Life in the Met


London is amazing: vibrant, vast and diverse. With a population of over eight million people – not to mention thousands of visitors. Protecting this metropolis is a huge undertaking which falls to the Metropolitan Police Service. No surprise that life in the service is a unique experience


There’s no average day – or night

When you’re policing a vast urban centre, the challenges can come in all shapes and sizes. On top of this, London is a 24-hour city – which means the Met has to be 24/7 too. Emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night. All this means that life is never dull for the Met’s dedicated workforce.

Today, the threats are more complex than ever. The Met’s 50,000-plus staff and officers do everything from foiling terrorists to investigating fraud. Sometimes, situations are dangerous and require split-second decisions. However, the Met makes sure every officer is prepared thanks to exceptional training. And of course, there’s always back-up, poised and ready to roll out. Every Met employee has thousands of colleagues to count on.

Varied opportunities

Because the Met deals with such a wide variety of situations, it recruits people for all kinds of different roles. Armourers, Custody Nurses, Grievance Helpline Co-ordinators – the opportunities available is incredibly varied. It means the service needs all kinds of people with all kinds of backgrounds. However, there’s one important quality that all recruits have to have: a sense of pride in making London safer for everyone.

The highest standards of training

When it comes to training, there’s no expense spared: the Met makes sure every employee has the skills to do their job well. In some cases, training has the potential to save lives – which is why it can’t be anything less than outstanding. What’s more, training is an ongoing process. The Met encourages continuous learning and improvement. That means everyone there has the potential to move forward, towards promotions or even new directions. The Met’s scale and diversity mean there’s a wealth of career paths available. Employees have the scope to pursue numerous development opportunities. Where new qualifications or credentials would be an advantage, the Met will often support full or part-time study.

The Met’s secret weapon: technology

The Met aims to become the UK’s first truly digital police service. It’s making a multi-million pound investment in the latest technologies. These innovations are designed to support officers, saving them time – and the organisation money. This frees up more funds for crime-fighting initiatives. Digital crime-mapping; cutting-edge forensics; Body Worn Video, the rollout of tablets and laptops for a more agile working service, modern interview suites with the latest recording equipment: they’re all helping the Met to be even more effective.

Rewarding all round

To say thank you for doing an incredible job, the Met gives staff and officers access to Met benefits.  This is an external website offering guaranteed savings on everything from food, clothes and furniture, to hotel stays, cinema tickets and electrical products. These discounts are available at major high street stores and retail outlets nationwide.

The Met also offers access to four well-equipped sports centres – after all, it’s very important for officers to stay fit. The invitation is extended to family and friends. The Met also has an Athletics club (MPAA) and a Sports and Social Association. Both hold regular activities and events.

Naturally, all these benefits come with a competitive salary. But when it comes to rewards, nothing beats the feeling of protecting a huge, diverse community.

Feelings of pride

One of the biggest reasons that people join the Met is the feeling of doing something for others – of giving something back. Making sure that people feel safe in their homes at night brings tremendous satisfaction. What’s more, officers, staff and volunteers are respected by the community. The Met is constantly working to build trust and relationships with London’s many groups. In fact, this is one of the Met’s most important goals.

A role at the Met is not for everyone. But if you thrive on variety, there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy it. Life in the Met means a stable career that comes with enormous possibilities. And best of all, you can go to bed knowing that you’ve helped towards making London the safest global city.


Skills translation company brings success to head of The Soldier’s Charity in Wales

Skills translation

A former member of the British Army has proved that successfully transitioning into civilian life is possible, thanks to help he received from a skills translation company based in Swansea.

Upon leaving the British Army, Peter Davies, now Regional Director of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Wales, realised that trying to find work outside of the Army was not straightforward, due to the qualifications he gained during his many years in the Army not being recognised by employers in civilian life.  

“I was frustrated that the qualifications I gained whilst in the Army weren’t relevant or even recognised by non-military employers or institutions. My qualifications gained from the Army involved a lot of hard work and weren’t easy to achieve. The thought of having to retrain to get recognised skills that I knew I already had was frustrating and seemed like a complete waste of time,” said Peter.   

Peter therefore got in touch with The British Training Board, a company that is able to translate military qualifications into civilian ones. He used the company’s military mapping service, which analysed Peter’s skills gained from the Army, and translated them into qualifications recognised by employers in civilian life. This meant Peter did not have to undergo any unnecessary additional training and instead could focus on applying for jobs that matched his current skillset.

“It was a relief to feel all my hard work hadn’t gone to waste through getting my achievements validated through the skills translation service provided by The British Training Board. It’s something I would recommend to anyone leaving the Army, as it can really help with finding a meaningful and suitable job with the skills you already have,” Peter added.

The Soldier’s Charity gives a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army and their immediate families. Peter, who is responsible for fundraising for the Charity in Wales, has been working in his role as regional director since April 2016.

The British Training Board is the sister company of Aartic Training Group, a company that provides numerous training courses and specialist training academies to individuals including the long-term unemployed, ex-forces personnel and young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

The companies were set up by brothers Adrian and Antony Rabey, who both served in the Royal Logistic Corp in the British Army.  

Adrian Rabey, Managing Director of The British Training Board, said:

“We understand the frustrations of people like Peter who have left the Army with very credible and impressive skills, yet they aren’t accepted by employers outside of the forces. Seeing Peter working in such a prestigious role as regional director of The Soldiers’ Charity Wales is extremely rewarding and we wish him all the best in the future with this admirable organisation.”