Employees at our Brough site were among the first winners of an award to recognise the contribution fundraisers make to the national military charity SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) Forces Help. Ian Newton and Rebecca Brothers accepted the Ian Sloss Trophy on behalf of the Brough Charity Challenge team at a special ceremony at SSAFA Central Office in London. The award is named in memory of Ian Sloss, a community fundraiser who died while undertaking a triathlon for SSAFA in 2010.
Rebecca Brothers from the Brough Charity Challenge team commented, “We chose to support SSAFA out of all the military charities and have undertaken fashion shows, bike rides, parachute jumps and more to raise money for them. Helping directly with the clients, as we did with the house of the serviceman, leaves everyone involved feeling inspired and humble. We have had everyone from the site director down come along to help.
“Our Charity Challenge Team in Brough have undertaken many, many hours of fundraising and by working closely with the branch have raised almost £100,000. They have also taken part in many community projects including building a community garden and play area at Normandy Barracks, Leconfield and decorating the family home of an ex-servicemen where one of the children had cancer.”
Steve Hudd, SSAFA’s Head of Fundraising said: “These awards are to say thank you to our fantastic fundraisers They provide us with the income we need to do our vital work and help us to spread the word about SSAFA Forces Help. The awards are not about looking for the fundraiser who has raised the most but about the dedication and inspiration they are to others.”