RAF Benevolent Fund awards £97,500 to SSAFA

Generous grant will help SSAFA support members of the RAF family through Forcesline (pictured), Stanford House & our casework

19 November 2018

RAF Benevolent Fund awards £97,500 to SSAFA

We are delighted to announce that The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has awarded £97,500 to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, to support our Welfare Advice and Support services and Norton House Stanford Hall.

This generous funding contributes to our mission to relieve need, suffering and distress of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.

In recognition of our central role in providing support to members of the RAF Family, The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has awarded SSAFA a grant of £67,500 toward our casework service, which provides personalised face-to-face welfare support to members of the Armed Forces community, delivered by volunteers through a network of branches across the UK. With help for everything from financial hardship to family breakdown, members of the RAF Family are supported to lead improved lives.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has also invested £20,000 in Forcesline, SSAFA’s free helpline for the Armed Forces community, in recognition of the vital role it plays in providing confidential, independent advice to members of the RAF Family. The confidential helpline often opens the door to SSAFA’s other services and sources of support for members of the Armed Forces who might be facing a wide range of issues, including housing, health issues and debt.

A further generous donation of £10,000 has also been awarded to help fund the newly established Norton House Stanford Hall, which accommodates families of personnel from the RAF and other Armed Forces who are receiving medical treatment at the Defence National Recovery Centre at Stanford Hall. The comfortable, welcoming environment at the Home relieves families of unnecessary stress and strain at a difficult time and helps families to adjust to life after serious injury.

Jonathan Sandall, Director of Fundraising at SSAFA:

This generous grant from the RAF Benevolent Fund represents a very significant contribution towards SSAFA continuing to deliver meaningful and practical support where it is needed most.

"Our mission is to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families, so it is of critical importance that we are able to respond with the right help at the right time. Forcesline, through emails and telephone, is a vital ‘front door’ into SSAFA for those seeking our help; our tailored face-to-face support treats each individual with dignity and respect; whilst out in the field, Norton House, Stanford Hall provides a comfortable home from home for families with loved ones undergoing rehabilitation in the nearby Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC).

"Every member of SSAFA – paid staff and volunteer alike – is united in helping the people and families behind the uniform.

"We are hugely grateful to the RAF Benevolent Fund team for supporting us in that work."

Alison Wyman, Head of Strategy and Programmes, at the RAF Benevolent Fund:

"The RAF Benevolent Fund recognises the importance of caseworkers and their work, meeting face-to-face with beneficiaries and giving them access to the range of welfare support the Fund provides.

"Having stood side by side with the RAF Family for almost 100 years, we know the challenges they face and organisations like SSAFA help us to deliver the help they need to overcome them."