Fundraising dinner raises over £57,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity

The Royal Artillery Officers’ Mess at Larkhill hosted a fundraising dinner last week in support of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. The event, which was kindly sponsored by Sodexo,  the world’s largest services company and partner to the Ministry of Defence for over 30 years , raised over £57,000.

The Sodexo Defence Charitable Dinner was held on Wednesday 25 July in the Royal Artillery Officers’ Mess at Larkhill and builds on the success of the 14-year partnership between Sodexo and SSAFA

A fantastic night of fundraising saw 180 guests from local businesses come together with some military VIPs to raise money to support serving personnel, veterans and their families in need.

The highlight of the event was a table raffle and auction led by ex-rugby player and Sodexo Ambassador Matt Dawson.

Mark Baker, Managing Director Operations, Sodexo Defence & Government Services, said:

“We’re extremely proud of our long-standing relationship with SSAFA and have been delighted at the fundraising success of the Charitable Dinner Night at Larkhill. 

“Sponsoring and supporting this event has been an absolute pleasure for our team and we look forward to continuing our work with SSAFA in the future.”

Sodexo also sponsors the charity’s Big Brew Up fundraising campaign, supports SSAFA’s Homelessness fund and its employees regularly volunteer with SSAFA.

James Grant, Head of Corporate and Events at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, added:

 “SSAFA is extremely grateful to the continuous support from Sodexo.  We were delighted to be the beneficiary charity from what was a phenomenal night of fundraising at Larkhill. 

“The ongoing and commendable efforts from everyone at Sodexo mean that SSAFA can go on to continue to provide lifelong support to serving personnel, veterans and their families.”


Notes to editors

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Every year our staff and team of volunteers help more than 67,000 people, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts.  For more information visit and follow us on Twitter: @SSAFA.

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