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SSAFA PLYMOUTH – CELEBRATING 130 YEARS
THE PLYMOUTH BRANCH boasts that, with 4 other branches, we are the oldest
THE PLYMOUTH BRANCH boasts that, with 4 other branches, we are the oldest of over 70 branches nationwide as well as being one of the busiest. We were formed in 1886 and in 2016 we celebrated our 130th Anniversary. We are immensely proud to say that since 1886, without interruption, we have been helping those in need in the City of Plymouth.
Last year our 25 or so volunteers assisted 355 clients and in so doing raised on their behalves over £240,000. This was by no means an exceptional year.
PLYMOUTH it is estimated has the largest population of veterans of any city in the country at over 20,000.
FINANCIALLY, like all other branches, we must be self supporting. I recognition of our Anniversary we have launched our ‘’130th £5 Appeal’’ asking our friends kindly to donate £5 by Standing Order each month. The response has been superb.
The Invisible Enemy
This month, SSAFA is highlighting one area of Veteran’s realities that do not always get acknowledged; Loneliness and isolation - the invisible enemy faced by many veterans every day. With over 41% British Armed Forces veterans surveyed saying they have felt lonely or isolated at some point since leaving the military, and over a quarter admitting to having suicidal thoughts after finishing their military service.
Find out more and donate at www.ssafa.org.uk/fight to help SSAFA reach more veterans who have served this Nation; they have sacrificed a great deal and deserve our support.
SSAFA Plymouth -130th Anniversary £5 Appeal
You will probably be aware that in 2016 the Plymouth Branch celebrated its 130th anniversary. We are immensely proud that with four other branches we are the oldest branch in SSAFA. The Soldiers and Sailors Families Association was formed in 1885 and although the Plymouth Branch was operating in that year it was not until 1886 that its existence was formalised. Since then, without interruption, we have been helping service men and women and their dependents in Plymouth in their time of need.
Last year we were able to help 355 clients within the City and we raised, on their behalf, over £240,000. This is normal for us, but you may be surprised to know that we receive no financial support from SSAFA Central Office. Our annual operating costs are close to £30,000 and we must raise all this ourselves.
We have two principal sources of income – fundraising events with which you will be familiar, and donations. The Fundraising Committee work tirelessly to ensure that the proceeds from their events remain constant, and I am confident that this will continue. Sadly however donations have diminished. There are two main reasons for this – some major donors, such as Music of the Night, no longer exist and those that do have ever increasing calls on their funds; and there is growing compassion fatigue in general now that overseas operations have, essentially, come to an end.
Last year we sustained a deficit of almost £6,000, the first for many years. This is because our income from donations has been reducing by as much as 40% each year, down from over £20,000 to just under £6,000 in the last four years.
I am very aware of the generosity of our many friends who, like you, are already giving us such valuable support. I must now ask you to consider giving just a little more. The aim of the Appeal is in the name - ‘’130th £5 APPEAL’’, to help reduce future deficits. If 130 give just £5 each month by Standing Order the Branch would benefit by £7,800 each year. With the added bonus of Gift Aid, where possible, this would increase to well over £8,000.
Should you have any queries about the Appeal please do contact Plymouth@ssafa.org.uk.
I do hope that you will feel able to give this request your consideration. If you feel you can help, the necessary forms are below.