Amputees From Armed Forces Visit Buckingham Palace Ahead of Jubilee

Amputee Servicemen Invited to Buckingham Palace ahead of Jubilee Celebrations

Friday 26th May 2012– Forces amputees and patrons from local New Milton Charity, Pilgrim Bandits, were guests of the Not Forgotten Associations garden party at Buckingham Palace.  Pilgrim Bandits were invited along with forces charity Troop Aid because of the work they do with injured service members.

Lance Bdr Ben Parkinson, patron of the Pilgrim Bandits is pictured here shaking the hand of HRH Duchess of Gloucester.  Ben, from Doncaster, was blown up by an anti-tank mine in Afghanistan in 2006.  At the time, he was the most severely injured soldier to survive.  He lost both legs and sustained a catalogue of over 40 injuries, including brain damage.  Right, is ex-REME John Sandford Hart from Christchurch, also a patron of Pilgrim Bandits and single-leg amputee.


In addition, Lymington’s own Royal Engineer Jimmy Wilson (who was not at Buckingham Palace) who is also a double-amputee, has announced he will be joining the Pilgrim Bandits for the forthcoming Ride 4 The Wounded – July 6th -15th  a vintage motor bike and side-car race from Inverness to Plymouth.


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Franke Washroom Systems’ 2012 sales catalogue is now available, and it coincides with the company’s introduction of the Franke Washrooms Systems Price Pledge. 

Franke Washrooms Systems, also known as Franke Sissons, is part of the international Franke Group and specialises in high-calibre stainless steel and solid surface washroom solutions for commercial installations that include healthcare, education, catering, stadia and prisons, alongside hotel, offices, leisure and others.  

High-grade stainless steel and seamless resin bonded sanitary ware products make up the core of the Franke Washroom Systems new 160-page product catalogue.  Over 700 complementing products including high-quality taps, showers and accessories, electronic water management controls and systems, ecological ranges and vandal resistant products are included along with clear technical specs.  To receive a copy email

Franke Washroom Systems, based in Chesterfield, manufactures most of its products here in the UK and is making its Price Pledge on every single Franke Washrooms Systems branded product.

Robert Stewart, Franke Washrooms Systems recently appointed Head of Sales, explains, “Franke Washroom Systems is acknowledged for very high quality and exceptional service but this does not mean expensive.  We recognise that our customers are working with limited budgets and they need to be able to quantify the lifetime cost for their own customers and demonstrate exceptional value coupled with performance.” 





So resolute is Franke Washrooms Systems that its customers receive the finest for less it is guaranteeing that it will price match on any Franke branded product.*  “No gimmicks or gift’s just exceptional products at the best possible price.” He concludes.

Pictured: Miranit Washbasin with Taps and Accessories.

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Amica launches 8kg in new washing range


Leading European appliances brand Amica has launched a brand new range of washing machines to the UK and Ireland.


Amica’s 2012-product line-up now offers a choice of eight washing machines, each A+ rated for energy efficiency with a raft of highly saleable features and load capacities from 5kg to 8kg to suit any household.


The flagship Navigator Plus models, available with 6kg, 7kg and now 8kg capacities, come in traditional white with a blue LCD control panel and display, which clearly indicates the current wash programme, any options selected and the progress of each wash cycle with the time remaining.


Amica’s AWN814D is the cream of its fine Navigator Plus crop. With its 8kg load capacity, householders have the convenience of washing larger loads less often, which equates to significant savings in the amount of money spent on detergent and time spent as well as energy and water used for cheaper bills. In addition, other items like duvets, pet bedding and sleeping bags may be washed at home, amounting to further savings in time and money.


The AWN814D provides a selection of 15 main programmes including a speedy 15 minute 30 degree Quick Wash and an Everyday Wash as well as cycles specifically designed for shirts, sports clothing and hand washing. The Auto Sensor determines the optimal use of water and energy for each specific load, and the machine also offers the user the ability to manually modify each of the programmes for a bespoke personally tailored setting with a variable temperature from cold to 95°Cand an adjustable spin speed from 0 to 1400 rpm, leaving just 53% moisture content in the washing for a quicker drying time.


For added convenience and safety, the AWN814D also provides Start Delay, Easy Iron, Pause and a Child Lock. The estimated annual energy consumption of the AWN814D for a four-person household is 250kWh and the water consumption just 52 litres per full 60 °C cotton load.


The entry-level models, available with a choice of 5kg, 6kg and large 8kg capacities, also provide a host of features for the modern household. With a retail price from around £200, the range offers 23 programmes including a 30 minute 30 degrees Quick Wash, a Hand Wash and a Curtain Wash along with functions such as Easy Iron, Pre-Wash and No Spin as well as LED indicator lights and an Auto Sensor determining the optimal use of water and energy for each particular load.


Simon Freear, country manager for Amica in the UK and Ireland, said, “This new range of washing machines contains a model that ideally suits every household at a competitive price point for consumers with excellent after sales care and a decent profit margin for retailers.”


All Amica products come with second to none after sales support and a full two-year guarantee for parts and labour providing consumers’ superior service levels and independent electrical retailers a competitive advantage over large chains. And in conjunction with The Wastepack Group and Electrolink, Amica offers its retailers and distributors a completely free of charge collection and disposal service for all electrical products and associated packaging for recycling – saving them time, money and hassle along with the opportunity to offer the service to their own customers, adding even more value.


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In the photograph:

Amica’s entry level AWN614D



Model – 5kg capacity, 1200rpm max spin speed



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