Ensor Supports SSAFA
Like Blackpool Tower and of course our very own Ensor, SSAFA is another long-standing British institution founded in the 1880s. Standing for the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association, SSAFA is over 125 years old and is supported by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who not only opened its new headquarters in London but is also one of its patrons.
SSAFA is the oldest military charity and yet its aims and objectives, as defined by the Royal Charter, remain the same to this day: ‘To help and assist the serving members of our Armed Forces, the veteran and the families of both in their hour of greatest need.’
Impressed by the hard work and dedication of the charity, Ensor generously sponsored an SSAFA concert, held at Blackburn Cathedral, earlier this year. The concert featured the prestigious SSAFA Lancashire RAF Dishforth Military Wives’ Choir and The Band of the Kings’ Division and Ensor paid for the buffet for the attending delegates.
The evening was a resounding success, so much so that our Managing Director, Philip Brooke has been invited to their AGM next April as a guest speaker. There will be more on this shortly…
The Lancashire Branch of SSAFA is based at Fulwood Barracks near Preston where teams of trained volunteers offer help and advice to serving personnel and veterans and their families. The charity’s promise is to provide life-long support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, the British Army or the Royal Air Force and in 2012 it supported a staggering 40,645 veterans and their families.
Ensor is honoured to be associated with Britain’s most trusted charity* whose 7500 volunteers support 50,000 people, ranging from D-Day veterans to 3,812 young soldiers and their families in their 20s and 30s who have been wounded in more recent conflicts.
To find out more about the invaluable work of this worthwhile charity, please visit: http://www.ssafa.org.uk/about-us/media-publications/news-views/summer-2013/
*Charity Brand Index 2012 Third Sector research.