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Catherine Walker & Co to hold private exhibition for charity

Celebrating four decades of British couture
Spencer House, London, 16th to 18th October, 2017

To mark its 40th anniversary, British couturier Catherine Walker & Co is holding an invitation-only exhibition at Spencer House to raise money for two charities, SSAFA and Brendoncare, supported by St James’s Place Wealth Management, held from the 16th to the 18th October, 2017.

Personally curated by Co-Founder and Head of Design Said Cyrus, exhibits will comprise archive pieces worn by Catherine Walker & Co’s most famous clientele, accompanied by their handwritten notes and original drawings.

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Joanna Lumley OBE accepts role as SSAFA Ambassador

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has awarded Joanna Lumley the role of Honorary Ambassador, for her work with its Gurkha beneficiaries.

Speaking about the appointment of the actress and charity campaigner, Lieutenant-General Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive SSAFA said:

“Joanna’s commitment and unswerving support for the Gurkha community is an inspiration to us all and something that we felt should be formally recognised. Joanna has done so much to support our Berkshire branch and in particular its literacy programme for Gurkha wives and widows; we are delighted to announce her as a SSAFA Ambassador.”

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SSAFA Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire & Kent to support local councils with Forces Connect South East project

Financed by the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund, the project aims to increase understanding of the Armed Forces community within Local Authorities

In May, Surrey County Council, in partnership with Kent, East & West Sussex and Hampshire county councils was awarded £321,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to promote understanding and awareness within public authorities and related sectors, including health, of the issues which affect the Armed Forces Community. It also aims to strengthen local government delivery of the Covenant in the South East.

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Kettle on, tea pot at the ready – it’s your last chance to sign up for SSAFA’S Big Brew Up!

SSAFA, the UK’s oldest Armed Forces charity, is shouting out for the Armed Forces community to rally behind the last call to hold a Big Brew Up this October. The Big Brew Up encourages friends, family and colleagues to come together and host a tea party, whilst raising vital funds to support members of our military community in need.

Fundraising packs are available to order for anyone who is eager to put the kettle on and give back to SSAFA’s support of the Armed Forces.

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SSAFA secures £287,000 in funding from The Soldiers’ Charity

In July 2017, our Charity awarded a grant of £287,000 toward SSAFA’s Casework service and Forcesline during 2017.

SSAFA’s Casework service provides much-needed welfare advice and support for our soldiers and veterans. Our grant will help with the training of SSAFA’s network of 4,000 caseworker volunteers who meet with potential beneficiaries to find out what help they need and offer support.

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Ex-Homeless Veteran takes on an intense physical and mental challenge – walking the UK coastline

From the 1st August 2017, military veteran Chris Lewis will be embarking on an epic journey to walk the entire UK coastline – with all proceeds raised being donated to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Chris will be starting his adventure on Llangennith Beach in Wales, before heading north into Scotland and then back down the east coast and across the south coast.

Far from being a walk in the park, Chris will be embarking on his challenge with absolutely zero funds, and will be relying on the goodwill of both the public and local businesses to supply him with all the food, water, accommodation and equipment he needs for each leg of his journey.

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100km walked in aid of SSAFA

Twelve members of RACPD donned their walking boots over the weekend of 16/17 June to take part in a sponsored walk in aid of SSAFA. The 100km was split into 4 x 25 km stages which began in Warminster taking the northern range road across Salisbury Plain to Tidworth, back along the southern range road to the start and all completed within a 24 hour period.

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Olympian Will Satch MBE, becomes latest SSAFA Ambassador

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has just appointed Olympic Gold Medallist Will Satch as its latest celebrity Ambassador.

Speaking about the appointment of the Olympic Rower, Lieutenant-General Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive SSAFA said:

“Before we appoint a celebrity Ambassador, we at SSAFA talk to our beneficiaries about which public figures inspire them. Those in the serving community tell us that they greatly admire British Olympians and those who understand how military life works from a personal perspective.”

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SSAFA – Our Pledge to our Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families 2017-2022

We are immensely proud that, in 2016 alone, we assisted more than 67,000 individuals in many different ways, but always to alleviate suffering and hardship.

It is imperative that we balance the needs of our beneficiaries alongside a structured plan which ensures that the charity maintains financial sustainability in what is likely to be a challenging climate up to 2022 and beyond.

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New service launched to reduce rates of re-offending in the Armed Forces community 

Thames Valley Police announce collaboration with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity

Thames Valley Police (TVP) has today (6/7) launched a service that provides support for members of the Armed Forces community to prevent re-offending.

The Armed Forces Referral Service aims to help reduce crime, rates of offending and re-offending by providing better access to support for veterans and their families that come into contact with the police.

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