Knight Of The Road
Jon Knight rode more than 600 miles over the August Bank Holiday Weekend to raise funds for SSAFA Wiltshire and The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.
Jon is Managing Director of Knight’s Tailoring who have branches in Tidworth and Larkhill and a Royal Warrant for supplying to HM The Queen.
The route went via no less than six royal palaces to commemorate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty, starting at Balmoral and visiting Holyrood, Sandringham, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle before finishing at Tidworth.
Despite a couple of falls during his journey, Jon arrived safe and well and on schedule to be greeted by colleagues, friends, family, sponsors and SSAFA. Thank you so much for your efforts Jon! (See gallery for pictures.)
If you would like to raise money for SSAFA Wiltshire then please get in touch (see above).
Legacy Helps Lyneham Primary School
SSAFA North Wiltshire help pay for Sensory Room for children with Special Education Needs
Around 70% of pupils at Lyneham Primary School are from service families, so when our North Wiltshire division were asked to help, they were happy to live up to our motto of providing lifelong support to our forces and their families.
The school has a large number of children with Special Educational Needs, for example, whereas Autism in the general population runs at about 1%, 6% of Lyneham school's children are on the Autistic Spectrum, and so they decided to install a Sensory Room. A Sensory Room is designed to develop a person's senses, usually through special lighting, music, and objects. It can be used as a therapy for children with limited communication skills. The total cost is expected to be around £10,000.
North Wiltshire were recently left a legacy to help the residents of the area and were delighted to be able to grant £1,000 to help achieve the school's aims. SSAFA is all about providing practical support when and where it's needed, and this is a great example of how we achieve that.
Armed Forces Day 2016
We had great fun meeting our supporters and spreading the SSAFA word at events across the county
Swindon, Trowbridge and Salisbury all saw our volunteers out and about at the Armed Forces Day events on our patch. A special "thank you" to Andy Burnett who brought along his Ferret Armoured Car and a small arms display to our stand in Salisbury which attracted old and young alike.
It was great to meet so many of our supporters, and heart wamring that some wanted to share their stories of SSAFA helping them at some point in their lives. Events like this make us realise just how much love there is for SSAFA among the Forces Family. Here's to next year!
(See the gallery above for some photos from these and other recent events.)
Volunteering in Wiltshire and Swindon
Volunteers are at the heart of our work with the Armed Forces family.
Meet inspiring people, gain some confidence and learn new skills as part of our volunteer network across the UK and on military bases around the world.
Most of our volunteers support ex-service personnel and their dependents living in their community. If you live near a military base then you can also help our current Forces.