SSAFA Fife at the races
Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife held their Armed Forces Appreciation Day on Sunday 8th April 2018 and SSAFA was chosen to come along and be the Service Charity of the day.
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As the Scottish Motor Racing Club (SMRC) had designated the event an Armed Forces Appreciation Day, it meant that all serving and veterans gained free entry, with accompanying family members enjoying a concessionary pricing. Even better, because it was Round One of the 2018 Scottish Championships there was a full programme of racing, with 18 events entertaining the enthusiastic spectators during an action-packed day.
The SMRC ran a selection of different races on the day, including a Legend Racing Car Championship, Mini Cooper Cup, Formula Ford 1600 Championship, and Classics Sports Saloons. Penny Leggat, a volunteer caseworker with SSAFA Fife, was on hand to inform the public and veterans alike about the activities of SSAFA and what the organisation does to support the veterans of all three of our armed services.
Penny, a former Nursing Officer with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, served in the UK, Germany, Australia, and the Gulf before retiring, but then continuing her service connection as a SSAFA Midwife working with military families in Germany. Four years ago , she made the decision to become a volunteer caseworker for the Fife Branch in order to help and advise those veterans and their families in need of assistance and has been with SSAFA Fife ever since.
Penny met many serving and former members of the armed forces at Knockhill and even bumped into the Stig. She told him that in 2017 SSAFA Fife had dealt with over 250 cases, helping to release over £200,000 of charitable funds for veterans and their families who were in need. She claimed the Stig was even seen to imperceptibly nod his head in agreement!