Brave fundraiser skydives for SSAFA
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On her birthday last week, housing officer Chrissy Wilcox leaped from a plane at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent, raising over £1,000 for SSAFA after being inspired by the local branch and the work they do in the community.
In her day to day life, Chrissy works as a Housing Officer for Guildford Council. The local SSAFA branch have an excellent working relationship with the team, and Divisional Secretary Brian Marjoram meets them on a regular basis. Guildford has always been closely related to the military but this has become more significant now that Pirbright Garrison is back in full use housing troops returning from Germany and also with its new entry training roles. In addition Deepcut and Aldershot are just down the road.
It was during an awareness presentation Brian was giving to Guildford Council – specifically to let the housing and welfare support teams know where to find the branch when military cases come up – that Chrissy first became interested in the charity. Whilst she was impressed with the work SSAFA does for housing for Veterans and their families, particularly the home modifications, one story in particular stuck in her mind.
On her fundraising page, she explained what finally persuaded her to do the jump;
‘There is currently a WW2 pilot in a local nursing home and although he's getting on a bit he is still pretty sharp. He wanted someone to reminisce and share war stories with so SSAFA helped find other ex-pilots of the same era.
This chap now gets a visit at least once a week from other Hero's like himself to reminisce and relive the amazing things they did for this country. So instead of rotting away in an old people's home like some forgotten relic, he can now share his story with others. I can't stress enough just how important your donations are to help people like this and just how much you are helping to change people's lives.’
Thank you Chrissy! Your huge fundraising total will make such a difference. Click here to find out more or donate.