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Gurkhas greeted at Nottingham's County Hall

Civic dignitaries greeted former Gurkha's & their families at Nottinghamshire County Council's County Hall building today.

A special ceremony was held at Nottingham's County Hall today, welcoming the Gurkha's and thanking them for their service Credit: ITV Central

Around 300 Nepalese have settled into the county since being granted British citizenship in 2009.

A special ceremony was held to welcome them and to thank the Gurkha's for their service to the British army.


Gurkhas to receive civic reception

Gurkhas were recruited nearly 200 years ago for their 'fearless and strong' qualities. Credit: PA

Veterans of the famous Gurkha regiment are being welcomed to Nottingham at a reception today.

Nottinghamshire County Council have been working with around 50 veterans' families to help them to integrate in to the community.

A number of these veterans are of working age, and have already found jobs within the security industry.

A £5,000 grant is also funding English and computing courses at Central College, Nottingham and a Veterans Group that has links to the Nottingham Asian Arts Council, amongst other organisations.

Pensioner speaks about her 200-mile walk for Mercians

A pensioner has told how she decided to walk across the Midlands in support of local soldiers after becoming increasingly aware of the difficulties they face.

Stoke-on-Trent woman Enid Corker told ITV News Central she felt it was "very important" to show servicemen that ordinary members of the public supported the regiment.

She arrived in Nottingham today where she presented a memorial scroll containing the names of the Regiment's 28 soldiers who have been killed in action since 2007 to Nottinghamshire's Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace.


71-year-old Stoke-on-Trent woman walking 200 miles for charity

The Mercian Regiment Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A 71-year old woman from Stoke-on-Trent is walking 200 miles through four Midlands counties in support of the Mercian Regiment Benevolence Fund for injured servicemen.

Enid Corker began her epic walk in Cheshire last Saturday and has already walked through Staffordshire and Derbyshire in the company of serving soldiers from all four battalions of The Mercian Regiment.

She will be arriving in Nottingham today where she will be presenting a memorial scroll containing the names of the Regiment's 28 soldiers who have been killed in action since 2007 to Nottinghamshire's Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace.

A map of Enid Corker's 200 mile walk from Cheshire to Worcestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Ex-soldier feels 'betrayed' by army, full report

A former lieutenant-colonel from Derbyshire has told ITV News Central that he feels betrayed by the army.

Stewart Hill who was serving with the mercian regiment was injured in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2009.

He says the support he received afterwards was not good enough. He has now turned to painting to help with his recovery.

Michael Sibert reports.

MoD: 'Care of injured personnel is a top priority'

A former lieutenant-colonel from Nottingham says he feels betrayed by the army and has turned to painting to help in his recovery.

Stewart Hill suffered a serious brain injury whilst commanding 160 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2009.

The Ministry of Defence said the care of injured personnel is a 'top priorty'.

Although we are unable to comment in detail on specific cases, I would like to reassure you that the care of our wounded, injured and sick personnel is a top priority.

Although too late to assist Lieutenant Colonel Hill, the Army Recovery Capability was launched in February 2010 as a joint venture between the Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.

The Army Recovery Capability represents a multi-million pound commitment by the Ministry of Defence and the Service charities to deliver co-ordinated support to wounded, injured and sick service personnel.

There may be occasions when a service person is not happy with something in their service life and the Service Complaints system addresses such issues.

If a service person considers they have been wronged or treated unfairly in relation to their Army service, they may submit a service complaint. Every Service Complaint is considered in line with current regulations.

– Ministry of Defence statement
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