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Aldershot Town & Farnborough
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Phone - 07807 668 398
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Phone - 01420 541 537
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Gosport & Fareham
Phone - 02392 523 401
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Phone - 02392 484 773
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Phone - 07712 569016
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Phone - 02392 177 610
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Phone - 01962 851 315
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Meet June, one of our fantastic volunteer Caseworkers
We really are indebted to people such as June
Meet June everyone:
June Lenachan recently attended The Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace with her fiancé and her son Kieran, a Lance Corporal Postal and Courier Operator with 29 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. June served 25 years in the Regular Army attaining the most senior soldier rank, Warrant Officer Class 1 as a Postal and Courier Operator. After leaving the Army, June has been a Command Account for British Forces Post Office at Northolt for 6 years and for the last 3 years has served as an Army Reservist Troop Warrant Officer for 871 Postal Courier Squadron RLC part of 162 Regiment RLC.
Not being busy enough, June found time to volunteer for 2 charities, one being TLC, a charity that provided palliative care. The other charity is ours and June has been a SSAFA Caseworker in the East Hampshire area for 6 years. In 2020 June plans to run the London Marathon to raise funds for SSAFA!
Our charity is indebted to busy people such as June who give voluntary of their time to help the Military Family in Hampshire.
SSAFA Basingstoke benefit from TESCO Bags of Help Scheme
£4000 for SSAFA Basingstoke thanks to TESCO Shoppers!
Smiles all round at Tesco Hook as SSAFA Basingstoke accepts a cheque for £4,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Huge thanks go out to the kind shoppers of Tesco Hook, Gary Riddell the Store Manager and Hart District Council Cllr Jane Worlock for presenting the cheque. A special note of thanks must go to Sandra Tidy from Tesco Hook who has made all this happen!
The team also collected a fantastic £405 in kind donations on Sat 25 May 19.
Pictured are: The SSAFA Basingstoke team, Gary Riddell (centre), Cllr Jane Worlock and the brilliant Sandra Tidy.
SSAFA Hampshire AGM/ Training Day23 May 2019
Army Flying Museum hosts AGM/Training Day
SSAFA Hampshire enjoyed a very well organised AGM and Training Day at the Army Flying Museum on 23 May 2019. Sir Gary Coward, National Chairman and our Controller, Sir Andrew Gregory attended and our team really appreciated the
time Sir Gary and Sir Andrew spent meeting everyone. The Controller gave an insightful update on SSAFA in 2019 and beyond, which was very well received. The home team was led by Lady Mary Fagan our President, Lord Carnarvon, one of our Vice Presidents and
Patricia Lyons, Branch Chair. The afternoon training session provided an excellent insight into Fire Safety, Joining Forces/Age UK Portsmouth, Charis Grants, RAF Benevolent Fund and Building Heroes.
It really was a great day in such spectacular surroundings and all down to our brilliant Training Officer, Liz Lockett who planned and delivered the event.
Pictured are Lady Mary Fagan presenting a cheque for £5,000 to The Controller to top up the Last Resort Fund.
SSAFA Hampshire joins forces with Rally for Heroes
Exciting time ahead in Hampshire
A wonderful joint venture between SSAFA Hampshire & Rally for Heroes raised over £800 this weekend at Thruxton Race Circuit Kwik Fit British Touring Championship 18/19 May 19. We thank all our brilliant SSAFA volunteers, the Rally for Heroes team and their cars (wow!), Thruxton for donating fantastic raffle prizes and of course the great British Public for their kind donations. Put simply, the lives of the military family in need will change as a result of this event.
Exciting times lie ahead for SSAFA Hampshire and Rally for Heroes!
SSAFA Winchester support Living History
Normandy 1944 - a Legacy to the 43rd Wessex Division
On 7 March 2019, SSAFA Winchester was honoured to provide an awareness stand at a talk hosted by the Worthy’s Local History Group, held at St Mary's Church, Kings Worthy. Lt Col (Retd) Ian Holmes’ excellent illustrative talk was entitled "Normandy 1944 - A Legacy to the 43rd Wessex Division” and was based on his interviews from 2009 with members of the 43rd Wessex Division. The Division was a Territorial Division that served with distinction in the Second World War on the Western Front from June 1944 until May 1945, suffering heavy casualties but gaining an excellent reputation. The guest of honour for the evening was Bill Edwardes who was the last Chairman of the 43rd Wessex Association. Bill, (93) was incredibly humble and ended his Q&A session with: “we were just a bunch of lads doing our job!” The Association was formally closed in 2009 with a Service in Exeter Cathedral followed by a Dinner in The Guildhall. The Association Standard was subsequently laid up in Exeter Cathedral.
The now 43rd Wessex Heritage Trust has accepted an invitation from L'Association ODON-COTE 112 to jointly celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the successful taking (and holding) of the strategic Hill 112, near Caen, on 7th July this year. Bill will be present as will only 2 or 3 other veterans from the 43rd Wessex Division. The present day formation is Headquarters South West and the staff of the HQ proudly wear the same Wyvern tactical recognition flash worn by the 43rd Wessex Division. The HQ will be celebrating the campaigns of 43rd Wessex Division in various commemorative events in the South West and in France this year.
The talk brought many sectors of the community together to remember those who fought in Normandy as well as raising the profile of the work of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity. £70 was also received in kind donations on the night. SSAFA Winchester was represented by Noel McCleery, Divisional Secretary and Lawrence ‘Ash’ Ashbridge, Caseworker' - Ash also serves as an Army Reserve officer in Headquarters South West.
Pictured are Lt Col (Retd) Ian Holmes, Bill Edwardes and Lt Col (Retd) Noel McCleery.
Thank you Tony Coleman
SSAFA Fundraiser sadly passes away
Tony Coleman was a volunteer for the Rally for Heroes team who had sadly passed away unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism on 20 November 2018.
Tony was one of life’s hard workers; after a long day in his garage vehicle repair business he would spend further hours setting up fundraising events and sourcing amazing attractions. He once turned up to a local car show with a F1 Racing Car in Rally for Heroes and SSAFA livery, which drew crowds of people keen to know more about the charity and help donate. Tony was more than just a fundraiser with the Rally for Heroes team. He understood the group’s commitment to help and support families and veterans effected conflict and needing support. Living near Andover and Tidworth, he was in daily contact with our Service community and had great respect for the men and women who were based there. A quote from Mark Ellcok, a friend on the rally was: “Tony always went above and beyond what was required, always going one step further. He would do anything for anyone, always willing to help, often at cost or significant effort. Nothing was too much trouble. A true gent who will be sorely missed”.
Following Tony’s Memorial Service, his wife, Christine and her family wished that SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity benefit from the donations made. Lt Col Ash Ashbridge received the donation of £1,041.66 on behalf of Hampshire Branch of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity and said "I had the pleasure of meeting Tony at one of our events at Thruxton Motorsport Centre. We are so grateful for the support from Rally for Heroes and to receive such a significant donation in memory of such a wonderful man as Tony is truly humbling."
Battleproms at Highclere Castle 3 August 2019
Battleproms at HIghclere Castle (the real Downton Abbey!)
SSAFA Hampshire at the Romsey Show 14 September 2019
Com and meet the team at the Show!