Support heroes and heroines

SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) Forces Help is the national charity caring and supporting our heroes and heroines and their families of our yesterday, today and the future.

The charity and Northumberland branch in particular exists to ensure that the armed forces community is not disadvantaged by the burdens of their service life.

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday, June, 25.

This is an opportunity for everyone to show their support for the men and women who make up the armed forces in our community, from current serving troops to their families and veterans, including those who undertook National Service.

We are reminded of the wonderful opportunities that are offered by a military career and the sacrifices, both big and small, we expect our troops and their loved ones to make.

Serving personnel can endure a fractured family life resulting from long periods away from home and suffer physical and mental health problems that can last a lifetime.

Their loved ones can suffer additional stresses and even bereavement through service life.

Those that lose limbs while serving in foreign theatres of conflict are, on their return home, cared for by dedicated medical staff and SSAFA volunteers at our rehabilitation centres (Norton Homes) in Headley Court, Surrey, and Selley Oak in Birmingham.

While we celebrate Armed Forces Day, let us not forget that in Northumberland there will be hundreds of people who may need extra help as a direct result of their service connection.

If you, or anyone you know, needs assistance, then speak with a member of SSAFA Northumberland branch we will be happy to help.

We offer financial assistance with emotional and practical support to those in need including home adaptations and specialised equipment such as mobility scooters.

In Northumberland there are six divisions and these include – Alnwick and Wansbeck: J Buglass, telephone (01670) 860919 or e-mail jim.buglass@yahoo.co.uk; Castle Morpeth: Captain Douglas Oliver (01670) 717881 ollyssafa@sky.com; and Blyth and Seaton Valley: Major K R Lord (01670) 541571 101ra-203-psao@mod.uk

If, for some reason, you cannot reach a divisional secretary then please make contact with me, even if you wish to become a volunteer for SSAFA Forces Help.

MAJOR BRIAN WILLIAM FINLAYSON

Public Awareness and Fundraising Officer

SSAFA Forces Help

Northumberland Branch

(01665) 576756

northumberlandpao@gmail.com