SSAFA look to boost the health of their local branch

Published

6th November 2018

Ron Macgregor, recently appointed Events Organiser with SSAFA is looking to connect and forge new relationships with Dundee businesses.

The Chamber are delighted to help him in his quest and are advocates of supporting the military in many ways. Since signing the Armed Forces Covenant earlier this year we have been working on ChamberFORCE, due to be launched later this month ChamberFORCE will see us working with our local military unit to build mutually beneficial relationships across the region.

SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) Dundee & Angus are looking to boost the health of their local branch.

Ron Macgregor said: "Until I retired in June, I was the link between employers and the military, forging profitable partnerships for both parties – and I know that, in this role, I will have met many of you over the years.

SSAFA, as you may well already know, is a charity – in fact it’s the largest military charity in the UK and we rely entirely on donations and subscriptions to continue the work that we do in the region, helping serving personnel and veterans and their families, when they hit dire times.

One example of a local case is that of a veteran of the Iraq War, who is now in a wheelchair. He had great difficulty getting in and out of his house because there are steps front and back. This could have been very dangerous in the event of a fire! SSAFA organised decking and a ramp at a cost of £16,000, so now he can move freely in and out of his home.

Some large companies have set up sponsor deals with SSAFA as a means of fulfilling their CSR Strategy. For example a major football club has donated a percentage of income from the sale of their new football strips. If you think that your company could sponsor/make a donation to SSAFA, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Another way of raising funds early next year will be a formal dinner, with guest speaker and auction. At a similar event in Glasgow we auctioned off  the opportunity for a small group of people to spend time with an element of the Armed Forces, to experience and take part in practical action type adventures. Of course, this once in a lifetime opportunity proved very popular and raised a lot of money to be ploughed back into the region.

If you feel that you or your organisation would like to be involved in SSAFA, be it through fundraising, sponsorship or just assisting with events, please drop me an email on m.arc27@yahoo.com.

Yours aye

Ron

Highland RFCA

Highland RFCA is a Crown Agency which supports the Reserve Forces and Cadets in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

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