Andrew Cumming, Chief Executive of SSAFA Forces Help, visited the RAF Benevolent Fund on Monday 14 February. During the visit, RAFBF Controller Sir Robert Wright presented SSAFA with a donation of £161,500, to support their excellent work among RAF family members in need.
Andrew Cumming also met a number of case workers from our welfare team and discussed the challenges of delivering welfare at a time of recession and strain on the armed forces.
SSAFA Forces Help provides a trusted service to more than 50,000 people each year, many of whom are referred to the RAF Benevolent Fund by SSAFA's volunteer case workers.
SSAFA spent almost £70,000 on RAF casework alone during 2010, while other vital support for RAF family members is provided through SSAFA’s care home subsidies, Stepping Stone Homes, Disabled Children’s Activities Holidays and adoption service.
Sir Robert Wright said: "I am delighted that SSAFA Forces Help could visit us today and meet some of the RAFBF welfare team face to face. Our core work remains individual welfare assistance to serving and former members of the RAF and their families, and without SSAFA’s remarkable network of dedicated caseworkers we simply would not be able to provide the support that we do.
"I'm therefore delighted to present this donation, a mark of our enduring relationship and our continuing appreciation for the work of everyone at SSAFA Forces Help."
Andrew Cumming said: "The RAF Benevolent Fund is a huge support to us and the work we do. Today’s visit further highlights the significance of our working relationship and gave me a deeper insight into the daily operations of the organisation.
"SSAFA Forces Help has 96 branches across the UK and operations all over the world wherever the British Forces are based. In 2009 we supported 10,550 serving and ex-serving RAF personnel, so our work is as important now as it ever was."
For more information on SSAFA Forces Help, visit the SSAFA website.