Kettle on, biscuits at the ready...it's time for the Big Brew Up 2015!
As a nation, it is estimated that we drink a whopping 60.2 billion cups of the stuff each year, so why not make your cup of tea count this June by taking part in the Big Brew Up?
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Taking place across the UK from the 22-28 June 2015, the Big Brew Up encourages friends, colleagues and family members to host tea parties to raise vital funds for SSAFA, the armed forces charity.
SSAFA is the oldest national military charity in the UK, providing life-long support to the armed forces, veterans, and their families.
Although British troops have come home from Afghanistan, the lasting impact of the conflict on both the men and women who served and the bereaved families left behind is only just starting to be seen.
SSAFA is supporting the families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan, the wounded who are adjusting to their life-changing injuries and the young veterans who have returned from war and are getting to grips with a life outside of the Forces.
The 2014 Big Brew Up raised over £100,000 and SSAFA is hoping to do even better this year by calling on as many people as possible to take that all-important tea break.
At the heart of the campaign are the powerful, real-life tales that illustrate exactly what impact SSAFA’s support can have in the Armed Forces community.
The 2015 Big Brew Up ambassadors are Beverley Mayall and Elizabeth Holmes-Daniels – the mother and sister of Corporal Harvey Holmes who was killed by an explosion in a compound, whilst on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Beverley comments on her involvement in the campaign:
“We are delighted to be acting as ambassadors for this year’s Big Brew Up. SSAFA reached out and gave our family genuine care and support when we needed it the most. Although the war has ended, the effects of Afghanistan are not over for many of us, your Big Brew Up will help to ensure that SSAFA supports more Forces families like ours in their time of need.”
SSAFA’s Big Brew Up Coordinator, Verity Maylam comments:
“The Big Brew Up provides a fantastic opportunity to arrange a get-together with family, friends or colleagues and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake whilst at the same time raising vital funds that will make a real difference to members of the British Forces and their families.”
WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?
£10… allows SSAFA to buy food vouchers for a struggling veteran, young or old, who has fallen on tough times.
£50… pays for a specialist SSAFA caseworker to provide extensive practical, financial and emotional support to rebuild a veteran’s life when things have hit rock bottom.
£100… pays for a family member to stay for a night close by to their loved one while they recuperate and adapt to life-changing injuries caused in Afghanistan.
£400… pays for a young person who has lost a brother or sister in conflict to attend our Bereaved Siblings Support Group for a year.