Hear what it was like for Military Nurses on the front line in Afghanistan at unique SSAFA event in Taunton

The Biscuit Club

31 August 2016

The Biscuit Club

This September we are hosting a unique talk in Taunton called ‘The Biscuit Club’ where Lieutenant Commander Victoria Long, of the Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service, will talk about her work on the front line in Afghanistan.

With cake and tea included in the ticket price of £8, attendees will experience Victoria’ highs and lows of her tour, the living conditions and the experience she gained in taking care of soldiers at the sharp end of conflict. On the day, in addition to Victoria’s talk, there will also be a raffle with prizes to be disclosed nearer the time.

The Biscuit Club was so named due to the positive impact eating biscuits had in helping the trauma team get through the hours and the emotional stress of being on the front line where the taste and familiarity of home helped to see them through some extremely challenging experiences, that and drinking a lot of tea! Following her talk, Victoria will also answer questions during an informal Q&A.

SSAFA is hoping for 80 people to attend The Biscuit Club, and is urging Somerset locals to get in touch and purchase tickets early, to avoid disappointment. People who attend this one-off event will hear Victoria’s very personal story – and why biscuits helped her get through!


Event details:

  • Date – Sunday 11 September 2016.

  • Time – 14:30hrs – 16:30hrs.

  • Location – The Bampfylde Hall, Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, TA2 8LG.

  • Tickets – £8 which includes the talk, tea and cake. 25% of which will go to SSAFA Somerset to support the local Armed Forces community.

  • To purchase tickets – contact SSAFA Somerset Branch by emailing SSAFA volunteer Simon Yates on secretary@friendsofssafasomerset.org.uk or call him on 01823 331 941.

In 2015 in Somerset alone, SSAFA supported 208 cases within the county’s Armed Forces community. The charity expects the increase in requests for help to continue to grow due to the ageing population of the UK and an increase in younger veterans from more recent conflicts, and their families, coming forward for help.