Veterans, reservists and serving members of the armed forces, and their families and friends, came together for a picnic in the park to mark Armed Forces Day.
The event was organised in part by 2gether and Gloucestershire Care Services, working in partnership with Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group.
The event was to celebrate Armed Forces Day, as well as raising awareness of how we are improving NHS care for veterans, reservists, serving members of the armed forces and their families.
More than 170 veterans attended the event, including five Second World War veterans. A number of charities attended and provided information on the ways they support the Armed Forces. There was also wonderful entertainment, including the Innsworth Military Wives Choir and the Salvation Army Brass Band.
Ingrid Barker, chair of 2gether and GCS, spoke alongside Deborah Lee, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, sharing information and inspiration about how our local NHS services are moving forward to deliver on the promises made by the NHS in signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
Professor Jane Melton, Director of Engagement and Integration for 2gether, said: “Thank you to all those involved, who used their Sunday to support this important event. Special thanks to Jonathan Thomas (Community Services Manager) and Sophie Ayre ( Social Inclusion Development Worker) who worked tirelessly beforehand, and on the day, to make this system-wide event such a great success.”