Armed Forces Day recognises the armed forces community; sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen, airwomen, reserves, veterans, cadets and service families. Despite the challenges of Covid-19 our welfare staff were able to safely attend several dedicated events including flag raising ceremonies, walking football and table top gatherings.

During Armed Forces Week the first Walking Football Herefordshire session took place. Lee Bayley the DMWS Families & Carers of Veterans Welfare Officer is pictured taking part in bottom right of photo.

To find out more about or to get involved in Walking Football with the Herefordshire Football Association for the armed forces community in Herefordshire please visit our dedicated page here

DMWS welfare officer Justine Clayton flies the #ArmedForcesDay flag with staff at Musgrove Park Hospital Somerset NHS Foundation Trust for #ArmedForcesWeek! We are proud to support the hospital delivering welfare to the armed forces community.

Pictured L-R, veteran Anna Vera, commercial manager NHS; DMWS Welfare Officer Justine Clayton; Nicola Lowe, Quality Engagement Lead; Sheila Taylor, Somerset Veteran Liaison Service and Caroline Upton, Matron and Veteran Network Chair.

If you need our support please call us free on 08009993697 or email We are here to help.


Notes to editors

For further information about the service please contact DMWS 01264 774000

About Defence Medical Welfare Service

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is an independent charity providing medical welfare to the armed forces, veterans, NHS staff, emergency services, The Merchant Navy & their immediate family when they are receiving medical treatment in hospital. DMWS’ practical and emotional support ensures that no family goes through the worry of illness or injury alone.

Since 1943 DMWS has also deployed to areas of conflict with the Armed Forces working alongside medical staff in the Field Hospitals.

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is an external provider of expert Welfare, Resilience and Mental Health First Aid Training for preventative and intervention strategies for people working in the welfare arena and anyone who wants to improve their knowledge and confidence in supporting others.

The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (known as DMWS) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1087210) and in Scotland (SC045460) 

Keep up to date with DMWS news and announcements via Social Media

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Published: 28th June, 2021
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