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War graves restoration

Published: 17/11/2014

Ex-veterans from a mentoring charity met with Cllr Aaron Shotton, Leader of Flintshire County Council and Flintshire’s Armed Forces Champion to highlight the work they are doing restoring graves across North Wales. The project aims eventually to develop a local guide to war graves and cemeteries throughout the region and volunteers from the charity CAIS and its peer mentoring and advice service, Change Step have been working in Connah’s Quay, Holywell, Buckley, Old Flint London Road and Northop Road, Greenfield and Treuddyn cemeteries offering gardening services to tidy up the graves from World War I and II. The North Wales based charity helps veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). David Nolan, peer mentor and ex serviceman with CAIS said: “The Remember Our Heroes project is brilliant for all of us. We are restoring over 2,000 war graves in North Wales and it gets the lads with PTSD out with other veterans on military orientated work that benefits everyone. “I went to Change Step for help myself and ended up being a mentor, this is just one project we’re working on, so far we’ve worked on 400 graves including the ones in Flintshire.” Councillor Aaron Shotton, Flintshire Council Leader and Armed Forces Champion said: “It was great to meet the veterans who have been working so hard to keep the graves of our war heroes in good condition. This project raises awareness of the millions of lives lost during the World Wars and a big thank you goes to veterans for giving up their time to work on the graves. It’s a chance for them to get involved in the local community as well as reminding us of the sacrifices our armed forces make to serve their country.” For more information log on to the website www.northwaleswargraves.co.uk Photo caption 7354 L-R Jason Samuels, Dave Nolan, Cllr Aaron Shotton and James Walls.


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