Pathfinder International magazine is delighted to be one of several media partners for 2023, with more to follow.

We take a more in depth look at the events taking place, starting with the first National Armed Forces & Emergency Services Event (NAFESE 2023) taking place on Thursday April 27 at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.


“The event is a collaboration of people coming together to celebrate and honour the services under one umbrella” says Event Manager, Sam Rosenthal.

“The event has been backed by various bodies and companies including Veterans in Crisis, Sunderland AFC, The Hygeia Clinic, The Coastguard Association and of course Pathfinder International magazine and it is great to see a variety of elements covering the ethos of service from armed to volunteer to emergency, come together” adds Sam.

The event has 3 key elements.

Sunderland AFC were the first football club to stage an Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club in 2022 and another breakfast club will be staged on the day of the NAFESE 2023 event. In addition to this, the NAFESE 2023 exhibition will take place and include a mental well being clinic, a recruitment and resettlement zone, a regional showcase hub and a STEM Village, with several schools, colleges and university students coming on the day too.

Rounding off the event is the inaugural Services Awards – a black tie event celebrating those in service. You can nominate for British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Police, NHS and Healthcare, Fire Service and Volunteer Services of the Year, sponsored by Stagecoach.

Nominate and read more about the Services Awards here. 

“There really is something for everyone on the day (and night)” laughs Sam.”

The event also includes break out speakers and sees British Army veteran, Joe Rimmer (due to appear on various national TV shows in coming months) discussing his dramatic turn around from the brink of death due to alcoholism to becoming an official AA Armed Forces Liaison Officer, helping others.

Read more about Joe’s story here. 

The event is free to attend for serving personnel and former personnel of the entire services sector from armed forces to blue light to volunteer services.

Sign up for the event by clicking this link. 

Pathfinder is also media partner for the following events for 2023:

Pathfinder also has 3 Armed Forces & Veterans Expo taking place in 2023, with the first happening at the G Tech Community Stadium on Thursday March 16 – REGISTER FOR TICKETS HERE! 

The other dates take in St James’ Park, Newcastle on Thursday May 11 and Home Park, Plymouth on June 23.