The Big Brew Up, 7 – 13 October 2013, is SSAFA’s biggest, easiest and most enjoyable fundraising mission of the year. By sticking your kettle on and getting a few biscuits in, you can help us raise hundreds and thousands of pounds for our Forces and their families.
“SSAFA is a charity that does whatever it takes to get things done. We provide practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans, and their families, every single day of the year. Whatever the problem is, at SSAFA we’ll find a way to solve it”.
Now in its 16th year, SSAFA’s biggest annual fundraiser sees people get together with family, friends and colleagues for a cup of tea and slice of cake wherever British Forces are based.
Generous dinner guests donated a total of £5,000 in support of the military charity SSAFA Forces Help. The dinner held at Hereford Garrison; Credenhill, Hereford was organised by members of the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) Complement.
Chairman of the Herefordshire branch of SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) Air Vice-Marshal Mike Smart, said: “I am overwhelmed by this very generous donation and would like to thank everyone who contributed their time, energy and money to help us. This wonderful donation will be used to help people in the county this year.”
SSAFA helps serving and former service personnel and their families.
The Senior Police Officer at Hereford Garrison:
Each year the MOD Police at Hereford Garrison raise money for charity by organising an annual Emergency Services Dinner dance held within the prestigious venue of the Warrant Officers and Sgt’s Mess; home of the UK Special Forces. Within the same year a charity golf day at the local “Burghill Valley”, Golf Club is organised, this event apart from raising money, marks the memory of a former Deputy Senior Police Officer at Hereford, the late Inspector Martin Jones, who was a well respected and popular character within the Garrison.
The Emergency Services Dinner dance is open to all members of the emergency services and their families in and around Herefordshire, it is well supported by MDP, West Mercia Police, Hereford Fire and Rescue and Paramedics.
This year’s golf day will be its 12th Anniversary and is due to be held on Friday the 5th July 2013. This has always been well supported by MDP nationally and this year the Senior Police Officer at Hereford Inspector Dave Whitson is offering to caddy for the day to the highest bidder!
The main organisers of these events are Constable Mark Sandford and Sergeant Steve Caine and in years gone by, Sergeant Dave Ormesher (retired). These officers have made a conscious effort to organise events that are not only enjoyable for those who attend but raise much needed funds for various charities as outlined below:
2012 – SSAFA £5,000
2011 – CountyAir Ambulance £5,000
2010 – Defence Medical Welfare Service at Selly Oak £2,500
2009 – Noah’s Ark Trust £1,500
2008 – Help for Heroes £1,500
2007 – Headway £1,500