Bogus callers in Kent
Bogus callers posing as SSAFA volunteers
In the last couple of weeks we have received reports from the public of bogus callers operating on a door to door basis and purporting to be from SSAFA. As the poster in the gallery indicates, we do not make door to door calls. Obviously this is a matter of grave concern as apart from the criminal – fraudulent element, there is the potential for serious damage to SSAFA reputation. If you have received a doorstep call, contact the police immediatley and please advise SSAFA
Big Brew at Brompton Barracks.
Organised by Gemma Adams, there was a hugely successful Big Brew at Brompton
Held on the 21st May and organised by Gemma Adams, there was a hugely successful Big Brew held at 1 RSME Regt Headquarters, Brompton Barracks, Gilling. The event was exceptional well supported complete with some amazingly good baking. Please see photos in the gallery. The big SSAFA cake was glorious.
The Big Brew raised a fantastic £1255.90 and Lt Col W H Robinson made the presentation to Ann Vosper, SSAFA Medway Divisional Secretary, at the Kent & Medway Civilian Military Covenant Conference held at Brompton Barracks on 13th June. Gemma, the lady who organised the event is on the right of the photo.
As the venue for our annual Curry Lunch, Brompton features large in the SSAFA Kent fund raising calendar, the team at Brompton are hugely supportive of SSAFA Kent and we pass on our most grateful thanks.
Big Brew at Shorncliffe Garrison
Big Brew event at Shorncliffe Garrison a huge success
On Friday 2nd February, the SSAFA Shorncliffe Committee held a Big Brew Up event in order to raise awareness of the charity within the Garrison Community as well as to raise funds for the local Shorncliffe Committee. The event was held at Shorncliffe Garrison and took place directly after a gruelling battalion cross country training competition, so SSAFA volunteers were at the ready with refreshments as soon as four hundred or so hungry soldiers and families came through the door.
Delicious Nepalese food was served by volunteers and a vast array of wonderful cakes were kindly donated by TESCO and home bakers.
SSAFA Shorncliffe Publicity Officer, Sunita Ale Thapa said “The Families enjoyed the opportunity to donate to charity by cooking momo and sel roti”.
“There was also a delicious curry served by the Cook House and, for the children, a cake decorating activity which they all enjoyed”, she added.
Sixteen fantastic cakes were entered into the home-made cake competition. Best effort was won by Rinchin Gurung, Best decorated by B Company and Best taste by Angela Daniel. Well done to the winners and thanks to all the Judges; Helena Marshall from TESCO Folkestone, Margaret Wood from SSAFA Kent Branch, RCWO W02 Pawan and Captain Serena Franklin.
SSAFA Shorncliffe Committee Chair Alison Crowe said, “The Committee would like to thank 1 RGR, the volunteers and the whole community for coming along to enjoy this event and learn a little more about SSAFA”.
SSAFA Shorncliffe Committee provides funding to those in need and supports community projects in and around Shorncliffe Garrison. If you would like to find out more about SSAFA or how it can help you, please email the Committee on email@example.com.
D Day celebrations at The Moody Mare in Kent
Long time SSAFA supporter, Mr Yannik Fausse organised a fantastic re-enactment weekend in aid of SSAFA
To celebrate D day and raise money in aid of SSAFA Kent, on the weekend, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June, a 1940’s themed event in was held at The Moody Mare, Seven Mile Lane, Mereworth
Organised by a long time SSAFA supporter, Head chef at The Moody, Mr Yannick Fausse, this proved to be a fantastic weekend of 1940’s and military themed fun. There were three re-enactment groups representing Germany, USA and UK. The Moody Mare is set in a large area of land that lends itself perfectly to a mock battle, it was most impressive – see photo gallery.
There were weapon displays and demonstrations, military vehicles, displays of equipment and a cake stall in the NAAFI.
There was a huge raffle held on each day with some wonderful prizes. Lots of SSAFA promotional items available to purchase. Various activities to keep the kids happy and a great choice of food. All topped by a 1940’s style group on Saturday evening.
The fun started at midday each day. It proved a fantastic day out and was well supported by the local division, a substantial sum was raised for SSAFA Kent and most importantly Yannick has promise a repeat next year with a bigger better event.
Our thanks to Yannick and his wife for all their hard work, also huge thanks to the owners of the Moody Mare, Mr and Mrs Packham for allowing Yannick to stage this event.
BAE Systems confirm continued support for the Welfare Fund
Having established contact in early 2012 and in subsequent years participated in a number of in-house activities, BAE Systems indicated that they would like to support SSAFA’s work in Kent by providing direct financial support to those ex-military people in the most need. As readers will realise, this concept of direct financial support would normally be outside SSAFA’s remit. However, after careful consideration we realised that the offer gave us the opportunity to establish a last resort - fast response fund. So, the BAE Systems Kent Welfare Fund was born.
It was so successful that in 2016 BAE Systems doubled the funding offered. Over the last three years, the fund has proved one of the most valuable changes to the way SSAFA Kent caseworkers are able to operate.
With many of the fund providing charities being unable to respond instantly, the fast response concept has proved a most valuable tool. Where a seriously urgent need arises, this enables caseworkers to react within hours, in many cases, when the providing charity approves the original application, we can return the amount granted back to the Welfare Fund. Most importantly, the fund enables caseworkers to deal with the more difficult and unusual cases that fall outside the norm. To date the Fund has supported 57 veterans and their families, solving a wide range of problems by providing funding to obtain household goods, carpets and urgent travel costs. In a number of cases the fund has assisted in resolving acute accommodation problems. The value of grants made has ranged from £50.00. to £2,000.00. In every case achieving a really good result that we would not have managed without the generosity of BAE Systems.
With huge thanks to BAE Systems, we are absolutely delighted to be able to continue with the Welfare Fund that has proved to be so effective.
Whitecliffs Division - a clash of dates June 16 2018
White Cliffs Challenge and Nepalese Ba- B-Q
Saturday 16 June - White Cliffs Challenge
This annual event is organized by the Royal Marines Association in Deal. It is aimed at raising funds for charities. Runners undertake routes from as far away as Hastings. The shortest route is from St Margaret's Bay to Walmer Green, Deal.
SSAFA - White Cliffs attended and provided a presence during the day, providing cakes, tea and coffee for donations if people were so disposed (Part of the Big Brew initiative)
Present was Robin Aaronricks, Ron Bramwell, Archie Houston and Tracie Thomas, plus John Grace and family
Saturday 16 June - Nepalese barbeque
A bit of a clash of dates. Robin and John were invited to the annual barbecue organised by the Nepalese business community for retired Gurkha's and their spouses. With Robin tied up all day at the above event, John Grace and family attended in the afternoon, and were treated to tasty barbecue food and lots of goodwill towards SSAFA. See photos in the gallery
We have the following vacancies on the Kent team
Could you make a difference to your local Armed Forces community?
We are looking for inspirational people willing to spare some time to give back to those who have given so much for us. Willing to provide support, advice and care to our Armed Forces and their families, or simply willing to spend some time with a lonely veteran who may not have anyone to talk to.
As a result of restructuring to increase our effectiveness, we are currently seeking people to fill the following vacancies.
A Divisional Secretary for Sevenoaks.
Treasurer for Thanet.
Caseworkers right across Kent - south of M25
A multitalented admin person to assist our branch secretary
For further details please telephone 01622 792363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It will be great to hear from you.