Following the sad news that beloved supporter Dame Vera Lynn has passed away, SSAFA have shared the following statements from Sir Andrew Gregory, Controller at SSAFA:
“We are greatly saddened to hear of the death of Dame Vera Lynn, who was a long-standing supporter of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Her work with the Forces community spanned a lifetime and she will always be remembered as the original ‘Forces Sweetheart’. She was gladdened to hear the country come together for VE Day 75, only last month.
“We were always impressed by her dedication to this charity. Dame Vera could vividly remember the support SSAFA offered to the men returning home from the Second World War and has publicly supported the vital role SSAFA plays in the lives of serving personnel, veterans and their families today.
“Dame Vera has played a phenomenal role in promoting the work SSAFA does within the Armed Forces community, for this we thank her. Her enthusiasm and dedication will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.”