BOLSOVER: ssafa branch’s support for service personnel and families

Members of the Bolsover Division of ssafa (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association) met for their annual meeting held in the Old School Room at Elmton.

Divisional secretary Peter Bower gave a brief overview of the organisation’s work with individuals and families across the Bolsover division during the past year.

A wide range of help and support had been given to individuals, whose ages ranged from 19 years to 95 years: veterans of recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to those surviving from the Second World War. Support had been extended to their families, and to the increasing number of families of other ex-servicemen and women living in the district of Bolsover who had found themselves in desperate need during the year.

Thanks were extended to all the caseworkers and to the fundraising support team, led by Tony Parker, and Paddy Fagan who had retired recently, without whose conscientious,hard work throughout the year, ssafa support activities in the division would not have been possible. The work of the ssafa befrienders was also appreciated. The visits of Mrs Kath Marriott to late ssafa supporter Mrs Mary Atherton was noted.

The co-operative help of other national and local organisations was highlighted, including the support organised for families through the Bolsover Mothers Union, chaired by Mrs Mary Revill, and from the Freedom Café and Food Bank coordinated by Mark North at the Methodist Church at Hilltop, Bolsover and also the support of the Salvation Army and the Miners Welfare based project at Shirebrook were appreciated.

The new Bolsover divisional treasurer, Andrew Johnson, was warmly welcomed and the retiring treasurer,

Mrs Sandra Bower, thanked for her hard work over the years.

The Derbyshire branch secretary of ssafa, Col Mike Cheetham thanked Peter Bower and all members of the Bolsover division for their hard work and awarded Mrs Brenda Pegge with her ssafa 10-year service award.

Following the formal meeting, a buffet was enjoyed by members.