Simon is often referred to as the face of the Falklands after that fateful day, 8 June 1982, when he was a
young Welsh Guardsman aboard the Sir Galahad during the Falklands War. His sheer determination not to
allow what happened to him in 1982 rule his life, has given hope and encouragement to many.
Simon is in great demand as an inspirational guest speaker, which has seen him travel all over the UK and Europe.
Simon remains a tireless worker for charities and was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 1992 and awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002. Simon was awarded the CBE in the 2015 New Year's Honours List and also awarded the Freedom of the City of London.
Tony served for 32 years in the Army with the Welsh Guards. He was the RSM during the Falklands Campaign, awarded the
MBE in November 1982 in the Campaign Honours and Commissioned shortly afterwards. He retired from the Army in
1993 as a Lieutenant Colonel (QM) with the Welsh TA Brigade.
Tony was then employed by The Royal British Legion until 2002, culminating for his final three years as the Head of the Poppy Appeal. He then joined The Union Jack Club from where he retired in April 2011 as the Chief Executive.
Tony was one of the Founder Members of SAMA 82 serving both as Treasurer and from 2007 - 2010 as Chairman. He is now a Life Vice President.
Now retired and a full time gardener, Veteran and occasional golfer. He was awarded the OBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours List for services to the Armed Forces.
Mike served with the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineering Mechanic and left in 1982, shortly before the Falklands War. He has strong links with the Armed Forces,
appearing often at special events. He is also a Vice President of the British Forces Foundation.
Mike became a full time professional entertainer as an impressionist in 1984. His famous impressions range from former Prime Minister John Major, Bruce Forsyth and Chris Tarrant, naming but a few.
Mike is a well-respected radio presenter and entertainer and became a successful After Dinner Speaker in the early 1990s and still is today.
A former Royal Marine who first visited the Falkland Islands for a year in 1977. He returned for the war in 1982 and finally moved to the Islands with his family
in 1991. He now holds Falkland Islands status and has two children and four grandchildren all living in the Islands.
He is the Manager of the YMCA and in his spare time, works in the tourist business doing both battlefield and wildlife tours.
One of the biggest parts of his time is spent in helping veterans who wish to return to the Islands and assists them in achieving what they have been dreaming about ever since the campaign in 1982.
Gary has been involved with returning veterans for the past 12 years and was awarded the MBE in 2011 for his dedication and hard work.
Alan, most commonly known as 'Sharkey' served on board HMS Herald as a Marine Engineering Mechanic,
'Stoker', during the Falklands War.
Sharkey has just started his 44th year in the Royal Navy having joined in July 1977. Recently, Sharkey has carried out two deployments in the Falkland Islands as the NEFI Chippy which included maintaining memorials. He was the liaison between the Falkland Islanders and the British Forces making sure that the war and those who are still on duty are not forgotten. Sharkey arranged for the Naval Personnel to paint the exterior of Liberty Lodge and encouraged Visiting Veterans to visit the military base at MPC.
In 2019/2020 Sharkey and his wife JoJo, helped raise over £10,000 for the FVF and Liberty Lodge which helps towards the Lodge's running costs.
Sharkey is due to retire from the Royal Navy in June 2024 and is looking forward to becoming more involved with the Charity.
Derek most commonly known as 'Smokey' served onboard HMS Intrepid as a POMEM(M) during the
After leaving the Royal Navy in 1996, after serving 25 years, he set up his own Entertainment Agency. During that time he worked with several well-known celebrities and has always kept close links with the military. He is an Ambassador of the British Forces Foundation.
Derek has arranged several Falkland Reunions in Gosport and was also highly involved in the organisation of 'Falklands 25' in London.
Derek was nominated as the CEO, FVF in 2002 and became a Trustee in 2005 due to his passion in ensuring that the Liberty Lodge Project came to fruition.
Karen has been involved with the FVF since its conception whilst carrying on with her full time working career. She has a great deal of
experience working within the charity sector, especially relating to Veterans and has also held positions as a Legal Secretary, Personal
Assistant and Office Manager.
Karen will support the CEO, Chair of the Trustees and the Company Secretary in the UK and supervise the Manager of Liberty Lodge. She will also carry out a majority of the administrative duties of the Lodge.
Ali was born and brought up in Stanley and in 1982, at the time of the invasion, she was living with her parents on Kent Road
and working in the Education Department. She went to the UK for 6 months in 1983 and attended a Secretarial College in London and then moved back to
UK for 2 years after she got married in 1987 but then returned to the Islands when starting a family.
Ali has mainly worked in the Falkland Island Government in a clerical role and also worked as a Freelance Presenter on Falklands Radio.
Ali started as Liberty Lodge's Operations Coordinator on 18 January 2017 and she says: "I have already met some great people and am thoroughly enjoying the post and hope at the same time am making it a welcoming place for returning veterans."
The concept of the FVF was initially thought of in June 2002 after the 20th Anniversary Reunion,
which was held in Gosport. In the following months Simon Weston and Mike Osman were approached with the idea of
forming a charity and they agreed to become Trustees. The FVF became a Registered Charity in November 2002
(Registered Charity No: 1094950).
The FVF's aim at that time was to raise funds to assist in the organisation of the 25th Anniversary events in 2007, but it became apparent that the MoD were taking the lead on these events.
The FVF needed to put its efforts into an alternative project and it became clear that after previous pilgrimages, to the Falkland Islands, the returning Veterans found this to be very therapeutic, especially for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was then that the idea of building a residence in the Falkland Islands, for returning Veterans to stay, was decided upon.
The link below is to a site that exists as a memorial to those who gallantly gave their lives to restore freedom and
liberty to the Falkland Islands.
There is not a day goes by when that supreme sacrifice is not remembered.
Garden of Remembrance