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Support for the armed forces in Hampshire

We help veterans and service personnel, and their families, in the local community and we rely on public donations to continue our work. Our commitment is to provide support with experienced, non-judgemental and friendly advice, as well as a variety of practical services which cover a range of social, family and financial issues.

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Please contact your local division directly using the numbers below: Aldershot Town & Farnborough Phone - 01252 347 656 Email - Basingstoke Phone - 07807 668 398 Email - East Hampshire Phone - 01420 541 537 Email - Gosport & Fareham Phone - 02392 523 401 Email - Havant Phone - 02392 484 773 Email - New Forest Phone - 07712 569016 Email - Portsmouth Phone - 02392 177 610 Email - Southampton (inc Eastleigh) Phone - 02380 770 640 Email - Test Valley (inc Andover & Romsey) Phone - 01264 352 981 Email - Winchester Phone - 01962 851 315 Email -

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  • SSAFA Hampshire benefits from book sales of SSAFA Test Valley Author

    Generous donation of £942.00 to benefit those in need in Hampshire

    n September 2016 - following a career in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), The Prince's Trust and as Military Historian at the REME Museum - Colonel Mike Sibbons, Divisional Secretary SSAFA Test Valley (Hampshire Branch) published a book entitled From the Archives, with the aim of all profits from its sale going equally to SSAFA and The REME Charity.

    During his time at the Museum, where he also became a military researcher for the BBC's Who Do you Think you Are? programme, Mike researched and catalogued the history of the Corps from its inception during World War II to the present day and, as he did so, began to uncover some fascinating stories - From the Archives contains these stories.

    In the foreword to the book, Lieutenant General Andrew Figgures CB CBE, said:

    "In writing this book, Mike has displayed an ability to investigate and 'dissect' historical documents and produce a most readable account, written in a relaxed and engaging modern style. The book is a compendium of poignant, often forgotten historical facts, expertly crafted in a most agreeable and entertaining manner!
    I am particularly delighted, that all the profits from the sale of From the Archives are going to two extremely effective, worthwhile and far reaching military charities that deserve our support - I commend the book to you".

    One year on, 356 books have been sold and this, together with Royalties from copies sold by Bloomsbury (the Publishers), has resulted in a profit of £1884 for the year - SSAFA Hampshire will, therefore, be receiving a donation of £942.

    On 7 March 2018, Mike was invited to the REME Museum to be presented with a cheque for this amount, on behalf of SSAFA Hampshire - see attached photograph.

    Colonel Mike Sibbons (author), on the left, being presented with a cheque, on behalf of SSAFA Hampshire, by Lieutenant Colonel Mike Tizard (Chief Executive of The REME Charity), under the watchful gaze of 'Monty'! Who, famously, stated after the Battle of Alamein "REME Keeps the punch in the Army's fist" - the strapline on the front cover of Mike's book!"

    From the Archives is a great read and you do not need to have a military background to appreciate and enjoy it. The book is available now from the online REME Shop: for £9.99. Buy a copy and support SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

  • Hampshire Army Cadets complete incredible challenge in support of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity

    Over 6 and 7 January 2018, in incredibly adverse weather conditions, Hampshire Army Cadet Sergeant Louis Day and Lance Corporal Thomas Saunders completed the gruelling Fan Dance to raise funds for the SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity. Completing the Fan Dance twice essentially means walking over 48km, in a total of 12 hours, carrying 45lb’s of kit, scaling Pen Y Fan four times (twice a day). It was also confirmed that the pair are the youngest people ever to complete the Fan Dance twice! SSAFA is a charity that both cadets admire greatly – Louis’ Dad is also a SSAFA New Forest Caseworker.

    The inspiring Army Cadets have raised a fantastic 94% of their target of £500 – lets help them meet their target! Find more about the challenge at:

    Pictured are Louis (L) and Thomas (R) at the summit of Pen Y Fan on the second of 4 visits!

  • SSAFA Winchester Curry Lunch raises a whopping £1,800.00!

    Hampshire and Winchester supporting SSAFA

    SSAFA Winchester held a very successful curry lunch on Sunday 3rd December in the Officers’ Mess at Worthy Down. The guest list was headed by The Lord Lieutenant, Mr Nigel Atkinson, The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr David McLean, and Dame Mary Fagan, President of SSAFA Hampshire. Over 90 people attended and enjoying an excellent lunch and a most interesting and thought provoking talk by Major General Patrick Cordingley. Monies raised for SSAFA Winchester totalled some £1800.

    Pictured is The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr David McLean, with former Mayors Cllrs Eileen Berry and Jane Rutter. Cllr Berry raised over £10,000 for SSAFA during her tenure of office in 2015-16.

    Photograph by kind permission of Michael Butters Photography.

  • SSAFA Portsmouth and Age UK Join Forces

    Veterans born before 1950 please read on ....

    SSAFA and Age UK have joined forces in a ground-breaking local initiative to vastly improve the lives of veterans and their families born before 1950.
    Following two years of planning and months of presentations to fund-holders, the two charities announced their plans to work together for the good of the growing number of elderly people in the local area. We are one of 12 SSAFA branches across the UK and our Portsmouth Division has been asked to take part and are thrilled to be involved.
    We believe that by working jointly and pooling resources, we can build on each other’s expertise and create a county where elderly veterans are well looked after and get the help and support they deserve.
    Though both charities have specific aims to help make the lives of the elderly more comfortable and less stressful, there is not a lot of overlap in the specific assistance and support they provide.
    Rob Fountain of Age UK said; “We have found that the work done by both of our teams is more complementary than competitive. With our long-term experience of helping and supporting the elderly in the community and SSAFA’s 132 years of assisting members of the forces and their families, we believe we will now have a much stronger team of volunteers, with greatly enhanced experience. Together that will enable potential clients to be given the advice and assistance they need more quickly than ever.’’
    Funding for the new work is being provided through the Ministry of Defence, using money being made available by the Chancellor from fines collected from banks which were involved in the Libor interest rate controversy.
    Find out more:

  • 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.

  • 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:


SSAFA Hampshire Station Collection Day 27 June 2018

South Western Railways supporting SSAFA Hampshire

By kind permission of South Western Railways, the annual SSAFA Hampshire collection days at train stations across the County continues with collections at Aldershot, Alton, Andover, Farnborough, Fleet, Petersfield and Winchfield. Do chat to our alll volunter teams when you see them and if you would like to become involved with SSAFA the Armed Forces charity within Hampshire in any capacity please contact for more information.

SSAFA Hampshire Station Collection Day 4 July 2018

South Western Railways supporting SSAFA Hampshire

By kind permission of South Western Railways, the annual SSAFA Hampshire collection days at train stations across the County end in 2018 with a collection at Fareham station. Do chat to our alll volunter teams when you see them and if you would like to become involved with SSAFA the Armed Forces charity within Hampshire in any capacity please contact for more information.