THERE will be a collection at the Doncaster game on Saturday being carried out by SSAFA.
SSAFA is the oldest forces charity and was founded in 1885. It offers practical, financial and emotional support to anyone who is currently serving, or who has served, and their dependent families, even if they only served for a day.
Burton was one of the first areas to join SSAFA and was led by Lady Bass, whose husband owned the Bass brewery. She ensured that the soldiers going off to fight in the Boer War had their jobs kept open for them, and looked after their families when they were away.
All today’s clients are visited by trained caseworkers and their needs assessed. The charity then applies for funding from regimental and occupational charities. Or, if their needs are emotional or practical, finds appropriate help for them.
They have all sacrificed part of their lives in the service of this country, and in most cases are living on very small incomes.
SSAFA is run by volunteers and any funds raised locally stay locally.
SSAFA asks those who attend the Doncaster game to show their gratitude to our veterans and their families by giving what they can to the collectors. Monies raised will go towards its Christmas campaign.
Last year SSAFA delivered more than 30 food boxes to local families in need at Christmas.