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.
Two Normandy veterans from the Wiltshire Regiment were presented with their French Legion D’Honnuer medals for their part in liberating France in 1944 at a ceremony in Salisbury
General Sir Kevin O’Donaghue, Colonel of the Regimental Association and SSAFA Chairman, presented medals on behalf of the French President to Sergeant Roy Golding, 91, from Wilton and Private Geoffrey Young, 94, from Shrewton. Both men were serving with B Company 4th Battalion The Wiltshire Regiment when they landed at Arromanches shortly after D Day and were soon plunged into the fierce battle for Hill 112 west of Caen. They then fought their way through France and into Germany, were involved in the attempted relief of Arnhem, the crossing of the Rhine and were at the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp. They remained in Germany for the eventual surrender.
“It was a marvellous ceremony, really fantastic,” said Geoff. “Roy and I did every battle from the day we landed to when we got to Belsen.”
“It was a very moving day, “ said Roy. “Me and my friend Geoff met up when we joined the Wilts then went all the way through the war together.”
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.