This month saw the Annington Trust renew their commitment to provide funding for SSAFA’s Short Breaks for a further three years. The funding – amounting to £6,600 per annum – will allow SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity to provide 20 places for families needing respite and fun.
SSAFA’s Short Breaks are a fun-filled adventure open exclusively to military families with children who have additional needs and disabilities – and siblings are welcome too. The next Family Break runs from Monday 21 October – Friday 25 October 2019 down at the Calvert Trust in Exmoor, with 50 spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Iqtadar Hasnain, Head of Major Giving at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity said:
“We are delighted that the Annington Trust has pledged their support to these vital Short Breaks for another three years. It is often the case that activity areas on military bases are not geared up for children with additional needs or disabilities, which makes these breaks all the more necessary for that all-important family bonding time. This funding means that we can take away the financial consideration for some attendees – leaving them free to focus on making memories.”
Helen Liddell, Chair of the Annington Trust said:
“We are delighted to be supporting SSAFA’s Short Breaks initiative for a third year. The Trustees are very keen on projects that help Service youngsters build self-confidence and we are only too aware of the benefits these types of experiences can have on young people. We hope everyone has a fantastic time.”
The Annington Trust is a grant giving charity that exists to fund projects and initiatives that directly benefit Service families living on ‘the Patch’.
Head to ssafa.org.uk/short-breaks to find out more about the Short Breaks – or to apply.
Notes to editors
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Last year our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 82,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. We are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.