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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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SSAFA unveils new name for home from home in Nottinghamshire

Military family accommodation to change name from Orchard House to Norton House, Stanford Hall

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has announced that a brand-new home from home, to be opened in September 2018, will be re-named Norton House, Stanford Hall. The accommodation in Stanford on Soar, formerly known as Orchard House, will allow families visiting injured and recovering military personnel to stay comfortably and conveniently whilst supporting their relatives during the rehabilitation process.

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Lace up with team SSAFA for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is calling on Aberdeen residents to lace up their trainers, don their kilts and sign up to take part in the Kiltwalk on Sunday 3 June.

Participants can choose from a 23, 15 or 6 mile walk through Aberdeen to raise money for the SSAFA Aberdeen branch, who provide support to veterans and their families in the area. From the funds raised the Hunter Foundation will add an extra 40%.

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Military Families with Additional Needs Invited to FANDF Conference

SSAFA-run conference on 11th June to host free information, specialist support and access to policy makers

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is encouraging all tri-Service families who have family members with additional needs to attend a biennial conference on 11th June at the MOD main building, London.

This year, the overarching theme of the FANDF conference will be ‘Myth Busting’ – aiming to share knowledge and experience between experts and fellow families.

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The myths surrounding military adoption

Military personnel are renowned for their fantastic parenting due to the discipline, camaraderie and dependability which they develop as a result of their career. However, assumptions and stereotypes surrounding the Armed Forces can often make it difficult for serving personnel to adopt through local authorities.

SSAFA, the UK’s oldest Armed Forces charity, understands the particular challenges that military families face during the adoption process, and has been helping the community to adopt for over 30 years through their unique SSAFA Adoption Service.

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Dan Snow, WW1 Historian and SSAFA Ambassador’s letter to media

This year, SSAFA the Armed Forces charity will mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

The charity, of which I am a proud Ambassador, was there for our Armed Forces family then and they’re still here for them now.

For over 130 years and through a number of conflicts, SSAFA has shown its commitment to our service men and women, veterans and their families; relieving need, suffering and distress through its network of local branches.

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Kent Police and SSAFA launch new service to support Armed Forces community in the Criminal Justice System

Kent Police is working with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity to identify serving personnel, veterans and their families in custody.

Individuals can then refer themselves to the charity or a Kent Police officer or staff member can make the referral on their behalf.

They will then be able to gain access to practical, emotional and financial advice through SSAFA, which it is hoped will lessen their chances of coming into contact with the police again in the future.

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One man walks around the world to help the military community

Army Veteran, Dave Mills, has pledged to walk for the next two years for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity

Yesterday Army veteran Dave Mills set off on his two-year-long fundraiser, walking around the globe to raise money for SSAFA. On a sunny Monday morning, Sir Andrew Gregory CEO of SSAFA and fellow staff gathered to wave him off from the significant starting place of the Cenotaph in London.

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SSAFA Adoption Service celebrates LGBT Adoption Week

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is celebrating LGBT Adoption Week by reflecting on the developments of inclusion and diversity in its Adoption Service over the past year.

SSAFA runs an independent adoption agency that works with local authorities to provide support for anyone who is currently serving who wishes to create a family through adoption. The service has approved 328 military adopters since 1964 and offers lifelong support to families.

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