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Tackling Veterans’ homelessness: A Call to Action – pledge your support

We asking you to pledge your support and to update you on some very positive developments on our quest to eliminate Veterans’ homelessness following our reception at the House of Lords in March.

The University of York research that we launched at the reception highlights how some ex-Service personnel slip through the net and end up homeless after leaving the Armed Forces. Evidence suggests that well over a thousand ex-service personnel each year require urgent support to find accommodation.

On the back of this research we developed a Call to Action to help tackle this important issue.

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Troop of military runners to battle Vitality 10K for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity

The Vitality London 10,000 takes place this Bank Holiday Monday (28 May) and SSAFA wants to say thank you to the 112 runners who are set to pound the pavements in aid of the Armed Forces community. The weather is set to be a sweltering 25oc, making this even more remarkable.
SSAFA wishes them all the very best of luck. Their efforts mean that SSAFA can continue to provide lifelong support to the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in times of need. Beginning this vital work in 1885, this makes SSAFA the oldest tri-service, military charity running in the UK. This year alone, staff and teams of volunteers have helped over 67,000 people – from World War Two veterans to those involved in more recent conflicts and their families.

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SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity partners with Aramark Defence Services – Side by Side

As part of an ongoing commitment to support the Armed Forces community, Aramark Defence Services has announced a new five year partnership with SSAFA. Aramark Defence Services (ADS), who operate under the Side by Side brand will bring together an enthusiastic workforce of more than 4,000 with the oldest, tri-Force charity to bring about positive change in the military community.

Starting with a wave of Big Brew Up events held across the company during Armed Forces Week, ADS is set to commit to an annual calendar of activities, driven by its team members and the company’s management.

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Tyne and Wear veteran to take on the Fan Dance Race for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity

A local Navy veteran is taking on the ultimate SAS selection challenge to raise money for the charities that have supported him after being diagnosed with PTSD.

John Mew, 60, from Dinnington in Newcastle is taking part in the gruelling 24km Fan Dance Race, which sees participants run over the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons, Pen Y Fen, not just once – but twice.

John served in the Royal Navy for 12 years as a physical training instructor, ships diver and as a member of the Portsmouth Command Field Gun Crew.

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Frogmore House and Garden to open for annual charity open day for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity on 6 June

Frogmore House and Garden, the charming royal retreat set within Windsor Castle’s magnificent Home Park, will open to the public in aid of SSAFA on 6 June 2018 as part of the annual charity garden open days.

Built in the 17th century, Frogmore House became a royal residence in 1792 when George III purchased it for his wife, Queen Charlotte. Since then, successive monarchs have enjoyed the tranquil surroundings and delightful interiors. Although it is no longer an occupied royal residence, Frogmore House is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining.

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Cobseo Housing Cluster wins the FiMT Working Together Award at the Soldier on Awards

The Cobseo Housing Cluster received the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Working Together Award at the Soldiering on Awards on Friday 20th April, at a special ceremony at Westminster Bridge Park Plaza.

The Cluster is a combination of 30 veterans’ housing organizations and charities formed to provide veteran specific housing and create an integrated veterans’ housing sector, with clear pathways for ex-Service personnel and their families in housing need to move into permanent homes.

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SSAFA launches campaign to keep the nation’s history alive

Join celebrities in sharing family stories of World War One

This year commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the most significant moments in British history – the end of World War One.

To mark the centenary, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has launched a campaign which calls on the public to help keep the nation’s history alive by sharing their family stories and photos from The Great War.

Celebrities including Antony Cotton, Helen McCrory, Joanna Lumley, Dame Kelly Holmes, Fleur East and Dan Snow have come together to share their stories and photographs in support of the SSAFA campaign.

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A knight in shining armour for the Armed Forces

Local Army Sergeant Hopes to Break World Record by Running the London Marathon in Suit of Armour – Whilst Raising Money for the Military

This April, Army Sergeant, Paul Beddows, from Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of SSAFA, the UK’s oldest Armed Forces charity.

However, unlike most London Marathon participants who will be wearing their ‘usual’ sporting apparel, 33-year-old Paul has decided to wear a suit of armour, made up of 35k worth of steel plates, whilst running the gruelling 26.2 miles.

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Somerset local to walk 2,500 miles for SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity

The pledge comes after SSAFA helped her find her birth father, a former soldier

Su Paine, 54, has pledged to walk no less than 2,500 miles for SSAFA – 6.85 miles a day – in a year after a volunteer from SSAFA’s Somerset branch helped her to uncover the dramatic story of her birth father, a former soldier. For Su, who was adopted as a baby, it has been an emotional journey.

Starting with her birth certificate Su was able to track her father, Corporal Nick White, as far as the Royal Sussex Regiment.

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SSAFA Southend supported a veteran who died without any friends or family to attend his funeral

SSAFA Southend supported Mr King’s carer in arranging the funeral and encouraging the public and other organisations to attend, ensuring that he had a good send off.

Michelle Turner-Everett at SSAFA Southend arranged for a bugler and flag bearer to attend. In total, around 200 members of the public including the air cadets attended.

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