Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
7 June 2013

Mother of Army Medic killed in Iraq supports SSAFA’s Big Brew Up 2013

Fundraising Team at SSAFA HQ are delighted to receive support from a special SSAFA fundraiser.

Mother of Army Medic killed in Iraq supports SSAFA’s Big Brew Up 2013

Sally Veck, whose daughter, Private Eleanor Dlugosz, a combat medic in the Royal Army Medical Corps, was killed whilst serving in Iraq, will be hosting her second Big Brew Up tea party fundraiser this year in memory of her daughter and to say thank you for the support which SSAFA’s Bereaved Families Support Group gave to Sally and her family following Eleanor’s death.

Sally says,

“We first heard about the Bereaved Families Support Group when we were invited to Westminster Abbey for a special Christmas Service at the end of 2007 by chair of the Group, Roger Bacon.

“I wasn’t suSally's daughter Private Eleanor Dlugoszre if I wanted to go but Roger said that we could come along and if it wasn’t for us we didn’t have to stay.

“SSAFA were amazing and paid for our accommodation and even offered to cover the cost of our transport but we wanted to pay for that to say thank you.

“The moment we met the other families, there was a release of tension. These people, who we had never met, were just like us and understood what we were going through. We didn’t have to say anything; we just knew that there was a support there like no other. We didn’t have to put on a brave face, we could just be honest.”

Since that first meeting, Sally has continued to be an active member of the Bereaved Families Support Group and last year held her first Big Brew Up to show her support for SSAFA. She raised over £1,000 and this year is hoping to beat that target!

Catherine Wilson, Fundraising and Events Assistant continues,

“The Big Brew Up’s success is down to wonderful people like Sally and her family who put in huge amounts of effort to make sure their Brew Up’s are a success. The money raised from Big Brew Up’s help us deliver a range of vital projects across the serving and veteran community, helping us to improve thousands of lives.

“Fundraising packs are soon to be sent out and this year we are hoping to have more Brew Ups than ever before. Make sure you visit our Big Brew Upwebsite to sign up or find out more about holding your own tea party."