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    Cindy Hawes

    FELIXSTOWE, United Kingdom | 3 May 2017

     

    My name is Cindy and I am Divisional Secretary (Div Sec) for Suffolk Coastal. I joined SSAFA in 2016 after watching an advert on TV originally as a caseworker but shortly after completing my course the opportunity to become Div Sec arose. I was in the Army for three years and quite a few members of my family are or have been in the Forces. I find working for SSAFA so incredibly satisfying, helping veterans of all ages and now supporting the caseworkers in my area who are so helpful and friendly. And because we are all volunteers SSAFA works around us, so if you only have a few hours a week to spare SSAFA will accommodate. I would highly recommend to anyone of any age who is thinking of joining to do it, you will enjoy every minute!

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    Peter Walker

    Nottinghamshire, UK | 3 May 2017

     

    I was one of the first 6 Police Officers in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary to be granted a non-reservist Commission in the County Cadet Force. Twenty two years later, in the rank of Colonel as County Commandant, I retired. In my early years of Army Cadet Force service tracked down some of the ‘old boys’ to hear their stories of their life in WW1 in the Regiment whose insignia I proudly wear. They’ve all gone now of course, but they told some amazing tales of their service in the trenches. One old boy I remember was from the 7th Battalion of ‘local’ Sherwood Foresters, quaintly named “the Robin Hoods” and had been at the Battle of Loos in October 1915. In my latter years with the Army Cadet Force (ACF) I had become friends with Brigadier Iain Mcdonald, Deputy Secretary of the East Midlands TA Association. Ian also happened to be the Chairman of the SSAFA Nottinghamshire Branch and one day in 1994 I mentioned I had retired from the ACF and had some time to spare. “Come and join us at SSAFA” he said, “in fact you can be my deputy branch chairman”. I was not averse to the suggestion and was duly appointed his deputy. What I did not realise was that it was the branch chairman’s responsibility to find his successor and he had done just that! Within 6 months he had retired and I found myself as the branch chairman for the next 14 years. I relinquished the Chairmanship in 2009 having found a successor and am now the branch vice president. Throughout my service with SSAFA I continued to carry out case visits, which I found extremely satisfying and met some very interesting old servicemen. A case I particularly remember was an old boy who wished to return to his native West Indies to set up a farm – he wanted a grant for the farm, some cattle, pigs, chickens etc. and feed for them – unfortunately the case did not go very far. On the whole I met some very interesting people and consider it was a great privilege to assist them where we could.

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