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    Peter Day

    New Forest, | 2 May 2017

     

    I have personally been light blue and dark blue (formally as a Staff Cadet Flight Sergeant with 2185 (Wareham) Squadron ATC) and subsequently as a Petty Officer in the best Navy in the world. I was enthused to learn that my blue would be diffused purple when my son joined the ACF and added a subtle shade of green to the mix. My son has always known me do casework for SSAFA and he is nearly 17 now. My first case was "Dave". He was navy too. I was honoured to lay my beret on his casket the day they laid him to rest. His wife said he would have liked that: once navy, always navy. There have been many others since Dave. So many stories, always different but always personal. Wet-rooms, stair lifts, cookers, beds, carpets, scooters. Some stories stand out. I met a client in the (dis)comfort of a tent in the middle of the New Forest. A man who only had the clothes he stood up in and needed everything. I started by getting him a 24 hour military ration pack and a phone card so he could call his family to tell them he was still alive. Not every story went well. There was the client who pawned my own spare TV that I had lent him and the man who walked away from his training course after I had spent months raising over £7500 for the course fees. Which brings me back to my SSAFA story and my son. A son who has always known SSAFA. A son who over time has learnt by osmosis that there are people who need help who are strangers yet are part of a wider family who my family have been pleased to help. My son (pictured below) plans to summit Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons in January 2018 to raise funds for SSAFA, a cause of his choosing but a cause he has grown up feeling part of. My SSAFA story will hopefully go on through my son and yes, I am very proud of him and the colour purple.

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    Irene Dickens

    Bedfordshire, United Kingdom | 2 May 2017

     

    A friend in church asked me to join SSAFA knowing I had retired. My father joined the Merchant Navy age of 14 after his parents died (told a lie said he was older than 14) and served 24 years including WWII and my husband did his National Service in the RAF in Malta during the Suez crisis. I was a caseworker for 5 years and I am now a Trainer for our new caseworkers. As a caseworker I found it very rewarding helping ex Service personnel and their families. There are times when I have interviewed clients and their story has made me feel so sad. A few cases stick out in my memory, one was a gentleman ex Army with Motor Neuron Disease who badly needed a Power Operated Rise and Recliner Chair. After getting a grant and arranging delivery of the chair, I telephoned his sister to enquire if the chair had arrived, she said it arrived on his birthday and told me he had a lovely smile on his face when they put him in the chair. As he could not speak to me, she said he wanted to thank me. Another case was a young man who had hit many difficulties since leaving the Army. They had four young children under 6. He needed tools to start his own business, the ABF gave him the grant. About 2 years later I was in a shoe shop waiting for a friend, a young man with a baby in a chair kept looking at me. It was not until his wife came and said hello, that I remembered the case. I asked him how his business was going and he told me he was doing very well, and said it is because of you. One case was a 5 year old boy who had a speech problem and the school could not give him help until he was 6. His parents were so worried and requested help. A grant was given for private speech therapy lessons for 12 months. When I enquired how he was getting on the therapist said he was doing very well and she was confident he would be speaking within the 12 months. I can recommend working for SSAFA is rewarding.

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