Put the kettle on for the SSAFA Big Brew Up 2014
Why not make your morning tea break count by holding a Big Brew Up this October? Our charity tea party bring friends, family and colleagues together for our Forces.
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We all love a cup of tea so why not make your morning tea break really count by holding a SSAFA Big Brew Up this October?
A firm favourite with the Forces community, the SSAFA Big Brew Up brings together friends, family and colleagues and raises vital funds to support servicemen and women past and present and their families.
This year’s campaign will take place from October 6 – 12 and we’re hoping it will be bigger than ever with Big Brew Ups being held in locations ranging from Afghanistan to Akrotiri and Brunei to Birmingham. Wherever you are serving in the world there’s nothing like a cup of tea to remind you of home.
Verity Maylam, SSAFA’s Big Brew Up coordinator, said: “Our Big Brew Up is the perfect opportunity to take some time out and get together with family, friends or colleagues for a cuppa and a slice of cake.
“Whether you want to hold a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a G&’T’ party or a Big Breakfast Brew Up, it’s so easy to register and there are loads of materials on our Big Brew Up website to help make your event extra special.
“All the money you raise will help us provide direct practical assistance to both serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families whenever and wherever they need it.”
Our Big Brew Up 2014 ambassadors, Laura, Kate and Jayne Burgan, know firsthand how important that support can be. The sisters joined SSAFA’s Bereaved Siblings Support Group after their brother, Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan of 1st Battalion Irish Guards, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
Kate said: “The support groups give us some grounding and a common place where we can support each other and share what we’re going through – we didn’t have that before. It’s like an extended family to us. We can talk about anything when we get together with the other siblings; there are tears and laughter and we’re able to say things that we might not always want to share with other family members or parents, as we don’t want to worry them.
“We will be holding our own Big Brew Up events in our workplaces. We hope to raise a lot of money for SSAFA so they can continue the work they do for members of our armed forces and their families – families like ours.”