SSAFA bring Christmas cheer to those in need

18 December 2017

SSAFA bring Christmas cheer to those in need

Generous support from an anonymous donor enables SSAFA Devon Branch to provide a festive season hamper for over 50 clients across Devon. 

This is the 9th year that hampers have been provided to disadvantaged SSAFA clients across Devon and delivered by SSAFA volunteers in the lead up to Christmas.

The hampers are made up centrally at Greendale farm shop in Farringdon, and Fine Country Living in Ottery St Mary, Devon and delivered to the nominated clients across the county in mid December.   Many moving thank you letters have been received by the charity, testament to the success of the scheme.

The main sponsor of the scheme wishes to remain anonymous but has provided a substantial sum this year to support the purchase of the hampers. Organiser Terry Cuthbertson MBE, the SSAFA Devon Branch Treasurer, supported by his wife Barbara who is also a SSAFA volunteer, is very grateful for the support received from the anonymous donor; as without this person’s generosity the scheme would not be possible.

For the fourth year an additional 5 hampers have been received from Honiton based Charity “The Baton”.  These hampers will be allocated mainly to disadvantaged, younger clients living in Devon. The founder, and also SSAFA Devon Vice President, Alan Rowe MBE said so many people in desperate situations would not have been helped if dedicated volunteer SSAFA caseworkers had not been involved. “The Baton” is honoured to support SSAFA Devon again in this annual venture. In addition to the hampers, SSAFA Devon helps a number of younger families by purchasing supermarket Gift Cards, enabling them to have a more enjoyable Christmas.  This assistance is made possible by a donation received from the Military Wives Choir from the proceeds of their 2012 No1 record.

SSAFA Devon are hugely grateful for the support of thier volunteer caseworkers in both delivering the hampers and providing support for the military family and would like to thank them all, as well as the anonymous donor who made the scheme possible.