It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas....
It's that time of year again, time to dust off the Christmas Card list!
There are many ways in which you can support SSAFA and getting your Christmas Cards from us is one of them. You could of course buy them from SSAFA through the website or alternatively if you happen to live in the Woking area and fancy the chance to meet one of the SSAFA team into the bargain; then head over to the Cards for Good Causes shop in Woking on a Friday to meet Bernard Allen.
A percentage from each card purchased is donated to the SSAFA team in Woking raising a substantial amount each year. If you choose to visit on a Friday then our own Bernard will be very happy to show you around. Bernard has volunteered for SSAFA in Woking for many years both as a trained Caseworker and previously as the Divisional Secretary. Each year Bernard supports Cards for Good Causes; every Friday from October through to Christmas and we thank him very much for his efforts. Pictured we have Simon Booth-Mason (left) the current Divisional Secretary for the Woking area thanking Bernard in person for his commitment.
You can find Cards For Good Causes in Woking, here:
Christ Church (The Forum 1st Floor)
or here: www.cardsforcharity.co.uk
A Very Fine End for a Very Fine Gentleman
Andrew Morgan joined the RAF in 1941 serving in 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. He volunteered to become a fighter pilot and soon qualified on Spitfires and then spent his time flying from the front-line fighter airfields
Sadly, Andrew passed away in August this year in his 96th year, by then Andrew had lost his sight and required round the clock care.
SSAFA’s team in Guildford led by Brian Marjoram had supported Andrew over a number of months. Brian worked closely with Andrew’s daughters and Surrey County Council Adult Social Care team to make sure Andrew received the care and financial support he needed whilst still being able to remain in his own home.
Brian also worked closely with the RAF Benevolent Fund who provided funding to ensure that Andrew would remain comfortable in his home with the provision of new furniture allowing him to remain mobile.
After his passing SSAFA continued their support to his family. Brian was able to contact the present-day members of Andrew’s old RAF Squadron and the Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader Archie McCallum attended the funeral on behalf of the RAF.
Recognising Andrew’s service as a Spitfire pilot, Squadron Leader Mark Sugden the Commanding Officer of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was also in attendance and Andrew was further honoured by a Spitfire flypast at his funeral.
Andrew’s daughter commented on the SSAFA and RAF Benevolent Fund support that her family had received:
My sister and I were floundering in our attempts to get any help for Dad until Brian Marjoram from SSAFA contacted us. With his help, not only did we get support from military bodies, but we finally understood and navigated the complications of the NHS and Social Services.
Brian is not only an expert at leading families though the care system, paperwork and its implications; he is also full of empathy. He was a great listener to Dad, and indeed to us.
Dad was confined to bed for five months as he was too weak to get out of a chair once he was moved there. That was until SSAFA were able to get the RAF Benevolent Fund involved.
Our favourite pub landlady Tracey Parmee from the Red Lion Bletchingley receiving her richly deserved award in honour of her outstanding and inspirational fundraising efforts in support of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity Tracey has been supporting our Cat
Tracey received the award from Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward KBE, CB who is the National Chairman of SSAFA.
The award goes with our grateful thanks to Tracey, all the staff and regulars of the pub for all of their support over the years.
A big BIG thank you.
Honorary Life Membership Award
45 years of dedicated voluntary service!
Surrey's very own Derek Smyth MBE receiving his Honorary Life Membership from Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward KBE CB the National Chairman of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Derek has now completed in excess of 45-years of service to SSAFA.
Supporting Armed Forces Veterans in Custody
Surrey takes the lead on a joint project set to support all Armed Forces personnel in custody
A joint project to support serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans that come into custody in Surrey has been launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Surrey Police thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant.
The ‘Veterans in the Criminal Justice System’ service means anyone with a military background who end up in one of Surrey’s three custody suites will be offered the opportunity to be referred to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.
Surrey aims to provide support for members of the Armed Forces community who find themselves in the criminal justice system whilst helping reduce re-offending.
Under the new project, officers in the Surrey Police custody centres in Staines, Guildford and Salfords will now establish whether any detainees have a military connection as part of the initial risk assessment carried out.
With their permission, their details will then be referred to SSAFA who can offer practical, emotional and financial support to serving personnel, veterans and their families. Posters and leaflets will also be on display in the custody suites to encourage people to seek the help of SSAFA.
The pilot is being funded by the Armed Forces Covenant which both the PCC and Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave signed up to in February. The covenant sets out the commitment to promote both the Office of the Surrey PCC and Surrey Police as armed forces-friendly organisations.
The North Pole Marathon - Putting the RAF and SSAFA at the Top of the World – Literally!
BRAVE FUNDRAISER TAKES ON THE NORTH POLE MARATHON FOR SSAFA
This Sunday, Dwayne Dawson will be undertaking a brave running feat that only 426 people have ever completed - running the North Pole Marathon. He leaves for the Arctic tonight travelling via Svalbard, preparing for the adventure. Luckily for Dwayne, the weather appears to be - relatively - quite warm with a predicted temperature of -20c for the race on Sunday.
The race is not only cold, but rsiky; runners must have armed guards standing over them to keep the Polar Bears away. SSAFA fundraiser Dwayne is also an active reservist as a Squadron Leader in the RAF Reserves based at Norholt in London and works for SSAFA corporate partner Fujitsu. His fundraising target is £20k which includes justgiving.com and his corporate sponsorship. Dwayne has funded the entireity of his trip out of his own resources so all of donations will go directly to SSAFA.
Volunteering with SSAFA
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"Volunteering for SSAFA is really special. I can use my time to make a real difference to people in my community. I was in the RAF for five years but you don't need to have a military background to be a SSAFA volunteer."
A message from our Chairman, Robert Crawley:
As an ex-soldier myself I know the difference that SSAFA can make. So if you are a member of the armed forces, a veteran, or the dependent of a serviceman or servicewoman living in Surrey and require a helping hand - do get in touch. A member of my team of trained volunteers is only a phone call or email away and will be happy to arrange a visit to discuss how SSAFA might meet YOUR needs.
Or, if you have a little spare time and want to help our armed forces community as a key member of a friendly, supportive team of volunteers, please contact us. You will be sure of a warm welcome and a really rewarding time assisting Surrey’s soldiers, sailors and airmen, serving and veterans - and their families.
We hope to hear from you.