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19 Jan 21. SSAFA Defence Industry Charitable Dinner 2021.
I am delighted to confirm that this year’s Defence Industry Charitable Dinner will take place on Tuesday 2 November 2021 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY. The evening will be hosted by General Sir Nick Carter GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff and The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence will be the keynote speaker.
Please follow this link to book your table: https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/DefenceIndustryCharitableDinner
If you booked and paid for your table last year then your booking is already confirmed for the 2021 event. If you are unsure on your booking status, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
We will endeavour to operate the dinner in the usual format of tables of 12. Please note that this number might change depending on Covid-19 restrictions. If we have to reduce the number of tables at the event as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, we may have to cancel your booking. In this situation, SSAFA will either offer a transfer of your payment to the 2022 dinner or a refund. Cancellations will occur depending on how recently your booking was made with the most recent booking being cancelled first.
I will be in touch with any updates concerning the event with regards to government guidelines and venue restrictions.
Senior Special Events Officer
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Queen Elizabeth House, 4 St Dunstan’s Hill, London. EC3R 8AD
T: +44 20 7463 9403
M: +44 7825 357 630
18 Jan 21. SSAFA Helps Veteran Celebrate His 100th Birthday! Brendan Marron is a veteran in a care home in Glasgow. At the moment his daughter Aileen is not allowed to visit; this made Aileen start to think outside the box of how to celebrate and mark his 100th birthday just before Christmas.
Aileen reached out to Forcesline, our free and confidential telephone and online help service, and they and SSAFA were more than happy to rise to task and bring joy to Brendan’s day.
SSAFA’s Controller, Sir Andrew Gregory, wrote a personal letter after Aileen divulged a little about Brendan’s life. Brendan was in the Fleet Air Arm in the Navy. During World War Two he wrote limericks and songs that were always humorous and showed off his cheeky personality. His wartime memories are still strong, and he remembers slipping off to Paris with a friend after the city’s liberation.
After the war, Brendan was a hotel manager in both Dundee and Glasgow, which suited him as he is extremely sociable.
SSAFA’s Glasgow’s Helping Heroes asked a wonderful local, Marion from Fandabydozy Cakes, to create personalised cupcakes. Marion decorated cakes with several images to reflect different parts of Brendan’s service and of course his age, and she kindly donated these for free. The care home took lovely photos of the occasion and informed the family he ate three of the cupcakes himself that day. You can check out Fandabydozy’s Facebook page here.
Brendan has dementia and is registered as blind. Despite this he is able to take part in the social life in his care home and remembers his family who although he misses just now, is aware they cannot visit due to Covid-19.
Aileen, Brendan’s daughter said: “We are extremely grateful to SSAFA for making Brendan’s day so special.”
SSAFA’s Glasgow’s Helping Heroes hope to document Brendan’s songs and limericks as soon as possible.
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