Duns Armed Forces and Veteran’s Breakfast Club receive generous donation from RAF

A group of older men stand in front of the White Swan hotel in Duns

Published: Wednesday, 9th May 2018

The Duns Armed Forces and Veteran’s Breakfast Club were presented with a cheque for £200 from the Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders branch of the Royal Air Force at their meeting on 28 April.

The money will be used to subsidise the cost of providing a breakfast for anyone who is unable to pay.

It was handed over by Hamish Reid on behalf of the RAF.

Saturday morning meetings in the White Swan

The club has also been well supported by the White Swan in Duns, where they hold their weekly meetings on a Saturday morning from 9am. A donation box is available in the hotel for anyone who would like to support the club, with any surplus money going toward a special Christmas lunch.

Support for ex-service personnel and veterans

Breakfast clubs are an opportunity for ex-service personnel to socialise, provide support for each other and find out more about the services that are available to help them, both locally and nationally.

The Duns’ branch is one a growing network of clubs being established across Britain and Europe for veterans and serving members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and was set up with support from the Community Capacity Building Team.

Breakfast club member, Philipp Payne-Jones

“The reason for the club’s existence is that we all talk the same language and have all served our Queen and country, so have lots of shared experiences. We help each other, providing support with any problems that arise, as well as having a good banter among ourselves. The Saturday morning get together is important to all of us and we are very grateful to the RAF for their donation which will help to keep the club going.”

Councillor John Greenwell, Champion for Armed Forces and Veterans

“When men and women leave the Armed Forces, despite all the support that is provided to help them resettle into civilian life, it can still be a very difficult and lonely time for them. What a breakfast club can do is give them the opportunity to be with like-minded people again, people who have a similar outlook on life and have gone through comparable life experiences.

“The Duns club has certainly gone from strength to strength since it first opened and I have no doubt that this generous donation from the RAF will be put to extremely good use, supporting members and enabling them to continue attending.”

More information

To find out more about the club and other activities supported by the Community Capacity Building team, you can contact them:

A club has also been formed in Galashiels, meeting every Saturday morning from 9-11am in the Royal British Legion. More information is available on their Facebook page.

Images from the presentation are available on Flickr