Children at a Camo Day event during the week of Armed Forces Day

SSAFA celebrates the Forces family for Armed Forces Day

29 June 2015

SSAFA celebrates Armed Forces Day

For Armed Forces Day people up and down the country people showed their support for our Armed Forces and for SSAFA with hundreds of special events, including Big Brew Up tea parties, Camo Day and more.


For Armed Forces Day people up and down the country people showed their support for our Armed Forces and for SSAFA. Of course it was also the end of a fantastic Big Brew Up week when thousands of people got together with friends and colleagues and put the kettle on to raise money for SSAFA.

Tea parties took place at barracks, in people’s homes and offices including at Nationwide and Openreach. Big Brew Up ambassador Antony Cotton even hosted his own brew up on the set of Corrie. Antony was one of dozens of celebrities who donated their favourite mugs for our charity auction held during the week, along with David Gandy, Mark Wright and more.

On Armed Forces Day itself Prime Minister David Cameron joined us for a cuppa at the SSAFA Big Brew Up tent at the national event in Guildford. For this biggest ever Big Brew Up volunteers from SSAFA Surrey were on hand to help serve tea and biscuits and to make sure our younger visitors were all camo-ed up. Along with the Prime Minster, the day was also attended by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach.

On Friday of Big Brew Up week, hundreds of schools also took part in our Camo Day non-uniform day. Along with plenty of camouflage face paint, children and teachers took on assault courses and even some military drills.

Take a look at an album of photos from throughout the week over on SSAFA's Facebook page and watch out for more updates on a wonderful week for SSAFA coming soon.