Richard Bateman

“Cut me in half and I am SSAFA through and through”

Richard Bateman

“Cut me in half and I am SSAFA through and through”

Concerned by what he was seeing in the news and hearing on the streets of Derbyshire about difficulties ex-service personnel were facing, Richard Bateman decided he wanted to act. He joined SSAFA six-months ago and hasn’t looked back – already getting stuck into helping serving and former military personnel in need in his local area.

"I joined SSAFA because I recognised more and more, that people in my community needed help. People who served were forgotten or kicked to the curb. SSAFA are the charity that pick them back up again."

Richard, a former Private in the 1st Battalion Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, has a forces family history dating back to the Second Boer War. Most recently his niece served in Iraq and his grandson is due to join the Army as an Engineer. He believes since joining SSAFA he has found his calling.

"I enjoy it – it’s probably selfish really – but I get a massive sense of satisfaction after I have finished a case successfully. I don’t think there is anything I could do, apart from joining the Army again, that would give me such an enormous sense of satisfaction.

"Cut me in half and I am SSAFA through and through."

Richard thinks being a case worker is a fantastic opportunity and is candid about what it takes to do the job well. 

"You can’t be half-hearted as a case worker and it’s important to remember that obviously not every case runs smoothly, but we work so collaboratively here in Derbyshire, that I know I can call anyone of the team for advice and support. I learn so much off everyone in the team."


[Richard is photographed above at the SSAFA memorial found at the National Memorial Arboretum.]