Chairman boosts SSAFA charity funds

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The UK’s oldest military charity – SSAFA – has received a £1,000 cash boost thanks to the former Chairman of Richmondshire District Council.

During his year in office Coun Russell Lord raised £4,800 for local charities including the armed forces charity.

Callum Crane, the Charity’s Divisional Secretary and Volunteer Support Coordinator in Catterick Garrison said: “This money will go a long way to providing support to the local military community.

“Donations such as this are vital in ensuring that SSAFA can continue to provide the support and assistance it currently does in the local community.

“We are incredibly grateful to receive this money and it is great to see that the community are there to support us in the work we do.”

For 130 years SSAFA has been providing lifelong support to those people serving, or have ever served, in the armed forces.

The charity can provide everything from welfare advice and housing to health and social care services.

Coun Lord also gave cash to Phoenix House at Catterick, the Great North Air Ambulance, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the MRI Campaign at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

It was raised through raffles, auctions and tombolas at various events through the year – including the Civic Dinner and Reception.