We are delighted to announce that our nominated charity of the year for 2017 is SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity that has been serving the Armed Forces community for 130 years. SSAFA, (formerly known as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association), provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force including reservists, and their families.
Due to our geographic location, we have a large number of employees that have spouses, partners, parents and other relations currently serving across the Armed Forces as well as service men and woman who utilise us for their legal services. The choice of SSAFA, the UKs oldest tri-service military charity therefore was a natural choice to give something back to our local communities and our clients.
SSAFAs vision is that they “want our Armed Forces (both Regular and Reserves), veterans and their families to know they can depend on SSAFA for support now and for the rest of their lives. Our values mean we are committed, practical and understanding.”
Each year, their professional staff and network of more than 6,500 volunteers help some 60,000 people, ranging from World War Two veterans to the families of young servicemen and women wounded or killed in Afghanistan.
Off the back of a recent SSAFA survey highlighting the reluctance of service personnel and veterans to seek help, SSAFA has launched the ‘Got Your Back’ campaign, which aims to address the ‘grin and bear it’ mentality which remains strong within the Armed Forces community. Although the majority of veterans transition and do well in subsequent civilian careers and life, the campaign is targeting those who struggle, asking them not to let their pride stand in the way of asking for help.
Last year, through client donations, unclaimed funds and our first Autumn Ball, we raised in excess of £5,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research and look to raise a similar level, if not more, for SSAFA. To find out more about the charity see www.ssafa.org.uk or contact your local SSAFA branch.