ASPH are one of the first NHS Trusts to launch a Breakfast Club for serving and non-serving armed forces and their families.
The Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club concept is a worldwide initiative set up by a former soldier, which provides active and retired service men and women with the opportunity to meet up and relax over breakfast.
As a veteran aware Trust and holder of the Gold status under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), Ashford and St Peter’s wanted to extend their support to provide a place for serving and retired military personnel and their families to meet once a month over breakfast.
The first ASPH Breakfast Club was launched at St Peter’s during Armed Forces Week, where several military personnel shared stories over breakfast and were introduced to military partners like OpCourage who provide mental wellbeing services for the military.
The Breakfast Club is held from 10.00am to 11.30am on the last Friday of every month in the Edu-Kitchen at St Peter’s hospital and there is free parking in the Hazel car park. There are no fees involved other than the cost of breakfast.
Chairman Andy Field said,” We are excited to add this latest initiative in support of our Armed Forces community The first breakfast was a huge success, and we look forward to seeing this local network flourish in the coming months.”
Executive lead for the Veterans Aware Programme, Andrea Lewis, said, “We were delighted to host our first Breakfast Club for veterans and their families during Armed Forces Week.
The Breakfast Club is our way of thanking and supporting serving military personnel, veterans and their families for their service, past and present to our country and ensuring they receive the same standards of healthcare, support and social interaction as the rest of the community with special consideration for the injured and bereaved.”
If you are interested in joining the Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club, please email