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Aldershot Town & Farnborough
Phone - 01252 347 656
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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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Southampton (inc Eastleigh)
Phone - 02380 770 640
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Phone - 01264 352 981
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Phone - 01962 851 315
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Marchwood HIVE Big Brew Up!
Marchwood HIVE raised £268.00 for SSAFA New Forest!
A massive thank you to the Marchwood HIVE Team who on 19th October kindly ran a Big Brew Up in support of SSAFA New Forest Division. A fantastic £268.00 was raised which will be put to immediate use helping the military family in the New Forest area. Pictured is just one of the terrific cake stands that was on display. Thank you Marchwood HIVE team and all those who baked, took part and donated. Really great stuff.
Career Transition Partnership Employment Fair AGEAS Bowl Southampton
Another first for SSAFA Hampshire!
On 5th October 2017, Hampshire Branch attended the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) Employment Fair at the AGEAS Bowl, Southampton. CTP are the official provider of Armed Forces resettlement and this event had a large cross section of national and regional employers attending looking to recruit Service Leavers. SSAFA Hampshire attended alongside other charity partners and the event turned out to be a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of SSAFA amongst Service Leavers across the South, not just in Hampshire and also with employers and our supporting charity partners. We provided advice to a few Service Leavers on the provision of potential SSAFA assistance and had quite a few positive chats with Service Leavers who were keen to follow up on potential volunteer opportunities. In all, a worthwhile event that we recommend that other Branches consider attending.
More on CTP can be found at: https://www.ctp.org.uk/
Pictured: Lawrence ‘Ash’ Ashbridge, Branch Awareness Officer and Noel McCleery, Branch Secretary.
South Downs 100 mile Challenge raising funds for SSAFA, 17-24 September 2017
Couple raised £830.00 funds for SSAFA
Paul Kentish (a SSAFA Basingstoke volunteer caseworker) and his wife Sue have walked across the South Down’s in a fantastic challenge to raise money for SSAFA the Armed Forces charity. Please read Paul and Sue’s summary of their experience of this inspiring fundraiser:
The walk from Winchester to Eastbourne is 100 miles, and we planned to do it over 8 days, from 17th -24th September. Our route took us via Exton, Buriton, Cocking, Amberley, Upper Beeding, the A27 crossing, Alfriston- a night in each place.
Apart from the length of the walk and the height of the downs, our biggest worry was rain but we need not have worried. The Rain Gods listened and the weather was fantastic, the only rain threatening us on Thursday, but we managed to stay ahead and beat it.
The views from the Way were superb, especially over the Meon and Adur Valleys. There were some steep climbs – Beacon Hill was especially taxing and punishing on the body. There was a lot of wildlife: herons, flocks of goldfinches, sheep, cattle, even some deer.
Another nice thing was the bonhomie of our fellow walkers, who we met in the evening and caught up with on each day.
We made Eastbourne at 2:30 on Sunday 24th and at 4:30 we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary.
We have made approximately £830 so thanks to everyone for your support, especially Ash the Hampshire Branch Awareness Officer for his help and inspirational messages, and the team at Central Office, London for the awareness resources.
If Paul and Sue have inspired you to support SSAFA further in any way please do contact Ash Ashbridge, Hampshire Branch Awareness Officer with your ideas: email@example.com
Husband and Wife team supporting SSAFA Havant
Corporal Khindaraj Rai recently took part in a series of combined fitness and catering events (running and curry making!) whilst serving in the Falkland Islands and in doing so raised £254.50 which he kindly donated to SSAFA Havant on his return. Corporal Rai now serves with the Military Provost Guard Service and is pictured here presenting the cheque to Colonel Bill Stevens, Divisional Secretary Havant. Also pictured is Mrs Aradhana Rai who is a newly recruited SSAFA Caseworker in the Havant area. Very well done Team Rai!
Why volunteer for SSAFA Hampshire?
Well hopefully this story will help you decide ......
This is just one way that SSAFA helps the military family in Hampshire. Meet William, a 90-year old WW2 veteran and widower from Winchester. William has lived in the same house for 60 years and enjoys independent living. Whilst William is reliant on family members for household chores his reduced mobility had placed a lot of pressure on family members to essentially lift him up and down the stairs of his house. To assist William's situation, Winchester City Council (WCC)) approved a grant to fund a Stair Lift however William really needed help with his share of the costs. SSAFA Winchester quickly sourced donations from The Rifles and The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Military Aid Fund to help William and the chair was fitted. Williams is pictured here sitting proudly at the controls of his new stair lift! With support from SSAFA and military funding, William now continues to enjoy the independent living he so cherishes with the support of his family, safe in the knowledge that the stairs are no longer an issue. Thank you for your service William and best wishes.
Thank you Allied Office Machines
Local Firm donates £700.00 to SSAFA Hampshire
SSAFA Hampshire warmly welcome Allied Office Machines, Hampshire-based specialists in Ricoh copier and print technology, as our latest SSAFA Friend in Hampshire. Francesca Girardelli, Representative of Allied Office Machines said: ‘We are delighted that Allied Office Machines are now an official SSAFA Friend in Hampshire, joining organisations including Hampshire NHS Hospitals Trust.’ ‘Looking forward to the year 2018, this will have a real significance for the nation and the Armed Forces as it will mark the centenary of the end of WW1 and the whole Team wanted to help as we know what a significant difference the charity makes to Armed Forces personnel on a daily basis.’
At a meeting on 22 August 2017, Mr Steve Drayson, the Managing Director of Allied Office Machines presented a very generous donation of £700.00 to our Chairman, Mrs Patricia Lyons. The funding received from Allied Office Machines will be used to directly support SSAFA’s work with the military family in Hampshire. Great stuff – thank you Allied Office Machines!
SSAFA Winchester Annual Curry Lunch 3 December 2017
Enjoy a great meal and support SSAFA!