Dress Down for Charity
Raising Funds for SSAFA
Earlier this term, Sixth Form pupil Olivia B had the idea of raising valuable funds for charity at a time when many good causes have struggled to attract donations.
Olivia is from a military family and her thoughts turned to helping the families of those currently serving in the armed forces as well as veterans. SSAFA, the armed forces charity that was formed in 1885, is well known for addressing such needs and Olivia was already familiar with their work.
Deciding on the idea of a Home Clothes Day, Olivia and her friends encouraged everyone to wear their own clothes for one school day and to incorporate the SSAFA colours of red, light blue and dark blue into their outfit. It was a great success and fun activity in what has been a time of limitations. Olivia invited everyone to donate £1 towards SSAFA and was delighted at reaching the impressive sum of £441. Subsequently, this was added to by generous family members and from our King's Parents and Friends Association, totaling a remarkable £1029 at the end of the campaign.
Olivia explained, “I had helped at SSAFA events when I lived in Cyprus and in Cheshire, and I understand what a great job the charity does. It made sense to try to help SSAFA Somerset”.
The money Olivia has raised will be spent within Somerset on clients who have a service connection and who need SSAFA’s help. SSAFA Somerset Friends Committee Chair Sue Adams expressed her gratitude:
“This is really a terrific amount and I hope Olivia had as much fun counting all the donations as she did not wearing uniform for a day! Not only has Olivia raised money for SSAFA, but she has also raised awareness about the charity and the work that it does particularly in Somerset”.
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Last year our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 85,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to those who have served in more recent conflicts or are still currently serving, and their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. And we are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.
SSAFA in Somerset:
During this pandemic, it has been less easy for our volunteer caseworkers to work in the usual way with clients – everything must be done online, on screen or on the telephone. However, after the initial lockdown, Somerset’s caseload has increased and now our volunteers are as busy as ever. There are over 40 Caseworkers in Somerset at present, working under very changed conditions but whose aim is still the same – to help those who have served this country.
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