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17 Mar 22. Early Bird Tickets for Battle Proms! They say the early Bird catches the worm and it’s definitely worth getting early bird tickets for Battle Proms 2022! SSAFA is partnering with Battle Proms Concerts again and we are looking forward to a jam-packed summer of quintessentially British ‘party in the parks’ which offer a line-up of soul stirring orchestral classics, dramatic military displays, and explosive fireworks!
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17 Mar 22. SSAFA Garden at Chelsea Flower Show. SSAFA are delighted to have a sanctuary garden by Amanda Waring and supported by CCLA, at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 24 – 28 May 2022. The garden has been designed to provide a place of calm and respite for the families, friends and patients staying at SSAFA’s Norton House to where it will be relocated after the Show.
Please do say hello if you visit!
16 Mar 22. Marshall have announced an exciting new partnership with the world’s only all Amputee Formation Aerobatic Display Team, Team Phoenix, which will see them work together to promote inclusivity and inspire young people to fulfil their ambitions.
Both of Team Phoenix’s display pilots are above and below knee amputees who will be flying Russian high performance military aircraft in breath taking displays of aerobatics.
Mike Wildeman, Team Leader of Team Phoenix. “Team Phoenix is delighted to partner with Marshall in what we see as the start of an exciting relationship. We are all about demonstrating to people of all ages and backgrounds that, with the right support and opportunities, they can overcome many of the challenges that life might throw at them and achieve extraordinary things.
“Marshall shares that philosophy and already has a fantastic reputation for the work that it does in its local communities and, in particular, for the employment opportunities it provides to young people through its STEM activity and award winning apprenticeship scheme.
“Like all charities we rely enormously on the support of our partners and hope that by working together, we are able to inspire current and future generations and show that even against adversity, truly anything is possible.”
Marshall CEO Kathy Jenkins comments: “We have all been inspired by the Team Phoenix story, they are the very embodiment of our organisational purpose, Building Extraordinary Futures, and I am very excited to see what we are able achieve together this year.
“As well as supporting the team’s airshow programme we will be partnering on broader education outreach activity, promoting careers in STEM and demonstrating that absolutely everyone has the potential to be extraordinary.”
About Team Phoenix
Team Phoenix is the world’s only all Amputee Formation Aerobatic Display Team with both pilots above and below knee amputees. The team fly Russian high performance military aircraft.
The display features graceful aerobatics with the aircraft looping and rolling in close formation whilst only 2 metres apart.
14 Mar 22. Armed Forces celebrate global partnerships on Commonwealth Day 2022. Armed forces personnel took part in events to mark Commonwealth Day with a commemoration at the Memorial Gates and a service at Westminster Abbey. The Band of the Coldstream Guards and a Piper from 1st Battalion Scots Guards provided music for the service at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates service, while the State Trumpeters of The Band of the Household Cavalry and Fanfare Trumpeters from the Band of the Welsh Guards performed at The Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin laid a wreath on behalf of the Ministry of Defence at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates. Senior Armed Forces officers from commonwealth nations attended the service.
On Horse Guards Parade, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir performed alongside The Band of the Scots Guards.
The theme of Commonwealth Day 2022 is ‘Delivering A Common Future’, celebrating the commonwealth countries’ united efforts to achieve common goals, including protecting natural resources, boosting trade, and delivering a peaceful, prosperous, and more sustainable future.
The UK armed forces have made notable high-profile contributions to these efforts throughout recent months:
- Australia: The UK, Australia and the US announced a landmark defence and security partnership to protect and defend our shared interests in the Indo-Pacific.
- Tonga: Royal Navy ship HMS Spey delivered vital humanitarian aid to Tonga, in addition to UK-funded supplies onboard the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Adelaide following the catastrophic tsunami that hit the islands.
- Kenya: The UK Armed Forces took part in a joint exercise with the Kenyan Defence Forces where troops rehearsed warfare in a demanding terrain.
- Zambia: British Army personnel deployed last summer to train local rangers to prevent the poaching of precious wildlife.
- Cyprus: The UK supports UN operations on the island and provides search and rescue support to local emergency services.
- Nigeria: The UK and Nigeria have signed a deal to work even more closely on defence and security, with the UK providing training to the Nigerian Armed Forces.
- Barbados: Royal Navy ship RAF Wave Knight and a Wildcat helicopter joined HMS Medway in Barbados to share aid for those affected by the volcanic eruption in St Vincent.
- Jamaica: British-Jamaican RAF gunner Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens competed for Team Jamaica at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Given that 2022 is Her Majesty’s Jubilee year, there was also a special focus on the role that service plays in the lives of people and communities across the commonwealth.
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. In 2020, our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 79,000 people in need, the currently serving (both regulars and reserves), veterans from the Second World War and those who have served in more recent conflicts, as well as their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. And we are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.