Christmas came early on Monday, when the doors of 10 Downing Street were opened for a special Children’s Party.
Joining the festive celebrations were two military families who adopted through SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.
Attendees included an Army veteran and his partner and a RAF family. Both couples adopted two siblings, a boy and a girl in 2014 and have continued to be supported by SSAFA’s Post-Adoption Support service. The children are aged 7, 8, 9 and 10 years old.
The annual event, which was hosted by The Prime Minister saw children supported by UK charities come together to celebrate the start of Christmas.
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 322 military adopters since 1964 and offers lifelong support to families.
Stephen Richards, Head of Adoption at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said:
“We are extremely grateful to the Prime Minster for opening the doors of 10 Downing Street for such a special occasion.
“It was an incredible event and a wonderful way for military families who have adopted through SSAFA to get into the festive spirit. If you or anyone you know is currently serving in the Armed Forces and considering adoption, visit ssafa.org.uk/adoption.”
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.