Our Hearts In Their Hands
The Sewing Soldier meets some Old Soldiers
We were delighted to visit the Royal Hospital Chelsea recently, where Pensioners Jean (an ex- SSAFA caseworker) and Bob helped us with some publicity shots for our Hundred Hearts exhibition. Lt Colonel Neil Stace - The Sewing Soldier - gave us a sneak peek of the Chelsea Pensioner Heart which he created. To find out how to see this and the rest of the 100 Hearts for 100 Years, see the Events section or follow us on Facebook.
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.
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.