Ten-year-old SSAFA fundraiser wins Raising the Bar award in Suffolk
Congratulations to ten-year-old SSAFA fundraiser, Jamie Small, who has been named Inspirational Young Person of the Year at Suffolk’s Raising the Bar Awards 2018.
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Jamie’s father, (Cpl) Chris Small, took his own life in November 2016. Chris had served 21 years as a chef in the Royal Logistics Corp, including gruelling tours of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and two of Afghanistan, but after he took voluntary redundancy in 2014 he found it difficult to adjust to civilian life.
Jamie and mum Mandy, who served 12 years in the RAF Police, have been supported throughout by SSAFA Suffolk caseworker, Sue Cross, who was able to provide vital practical assistance and emotional support ranging from sourcing funding to cover funeral costs to arranging bereavement counselling.
Jamie recently organised a SSAFA Fun Day at his Wickham Market Primary School and raised almost £6,000. Mandy said: "Suffolk really pulled together. It was far bigger then we could have even dreamt and people were so generous. The fact that we have been able to turn the worst experience of our lives into a way of helping others makes us extremely proud.
I couldn't be prouder of Jamie, he really is a very special young man.”
Jamie won the Inspirational Young Person of the Year category for those 12 years and under which recognises children and young people whose attitudes and positive approach to life has a direct impact on the social, moral, cultural and spiritual aspects of life of others. The Raising the Bar Awards celebrates and recognises success in education across Suffolk.
Well done, Jamie, and thank you for your amazing contribution to the SSAFA family.