Donation helps Armed Forces charity continue work in Northamptonshire - The Rugby Observer

Donation helps Armed Forces charity continue work in Northamptonshire

Rugby Editorial 5th May, 2024   0

A CHARITY which supports people in the armed forces, veterans, and their families will continue its work in Northamptonshire thanks to a generous donation.

Housebuilder Barratt Homes has donated £1,500 to local military charity SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity in Northamptonshire, from its Barratt Foundation.

The money will go towards supporting local veterans, such as helping them with housing costs or alcohol rehabilitation.

SSAFA Northamptonshire Chair Gareth Bull said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the donation, and pleased that the charity was recognised in the county.

He said: “Larger donations from corporate partners help our local branch to develop strategies to really benefit the local community.

“From giving emergency heating vouchers to funding the provision of white or brown goods, this kind of donation makes such a difference locally – and not just to veterans, but also to their families too.”

The housing sector has been particularly kind to SSAFA in the last year, with David Wilson Homes donating £1,500 last year to the charity.

Gareth added: “I think the construction industry in general is warm towards military charities because they employ a lot of veterans and really understand the unique pressures that life post-service puts on people.

“We couldn’t be more grateful for the kind donations.”

Simon Francis of Barratt Homes said: “We strive to support the communities in and around the areas in which we build, and we are delighted to be able to offer SSAFA a donation to support the fantastic work it does.”

SSAFA was established in 1885 to help the families of soldiers and sailors who were wounded or killed in combat. Over the years, it has funded causes such as helping impoverished WWII veterans pay their heating bills, or specialist holidays for service families with a child with additional needs or disabilities.

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