New re­cruits needed to help sup­port armed forces char­ity

Or­gan­i­sa­tion says lo­cal need in the com­mu­nity has in­creased and be­come more com­plex

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

This spring, in a bid to meet the in­crease in need, SSAFA is launch­ing a search across the length and breadth of Buck­ing­hamshire to find new re­cruits to join its ranks of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers.

The char­ity’s net­work of vol­un­teers sup­port serv­ing per­son­nel, re­servists, vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies.

The in­crease in need for sup­port is partly down to the age­ing pop­u­la­tion of the UK and an in­crease in younger vet­er­ans from more re­cent con­flicts, and their fam­i­lies, com­ing for­ward for help.

In 2005, 25 per cent of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries SSAFA sup­ported lo­cally across the UK were un­der 60 years of age, 10 years later; this fig­ure has risen to more than 40 per cent.

SSAFA is the old­est na­tional mil­i­tary char­ity in the UK, sup­port­ing 55,000 peo­ple in the Armed Forces com­mu­nity each year.

In SSAFA South Buck­ing­hamshire, has di­vi­sions in Buck­ing­hamshire, Ayles­bury Vale and Dis­trict and Mil­ton Keynes.

SSAFA di­rec­tor of vol­un­teer op­er­a­tions and for­mer Army Lieu­tenant Colonel Sue Pil­lar said: “In Buck­ing­hamshire not only have we seen the needs of the lo­cal Armed Forces com­mu­nity in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly, but their wel­fare needs have be­come more com­plex. As a re­sult we des­per­ately need more lo­cal vol­un­teers to help our lo­cal Armed Forces com­mu­nity.

“SSAFA pre­dicts that the wel­fare needs of this com­mu­nity will con­tinue to grow as Sec­ond World War vet­er­ans are now well into their 90s. At the same time, the im­pact of re­cent con­flicts on our younger vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies con­tin­ues to re­veal it­self.

“If we take a mo­ment to think about the courage shown and the sac­ri­fices made by our Armed Forces whilst serv­ing our coun­try, it’s shock­ing that we still see vet­er­ans of all ages, and their fam­i­lies, strug­gling.

“SSAFA is look­ing for any­one will­ing to help pro­vide a life­line to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies who are in need. Men and women who have served with our Armed Forces have given so much through ser­vice, and their fam­i­lies have sup­ported them through their ca­reers; it’s now up to us to sup­port them when they need us.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing their lo­cal SSAFA team can call 0845 658 1167 or visit uk/newre­cruits. A MAN has been fined more than £2,000 af­ter leav­ing a bag of rub­bish in a coun­try road near to Bea­cons­field.

Nathan Jack Will­ment, 24, of High Wy­combe, ad­mit­ted at Wy­combe Mag­is­trates’ Court last week an of­fence of dump­ing waste il­le­gally.

The court was told that on Novem­ber 5, in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Waste Partnership for Bucks ex­am­ined house­hold type waste which had been re­ported by a mem­ber of the pub­lic as hav­ing been dumped, at the road­side in Andrew Hill Lane, near Bea­cons­field.

The waste was pho­tographed and ex­am­ined for ev­i­dence of ori­gin, and de­tails found within it led in­ves­ti­ga­tors to speak to Mr Will­ment.

When in­ter­viewed by police, Mr Will­ment ad­mit­ted dump­ing the waste which he had ac­cu­mu­lated as loose items in the pas­sen­ger footwell of the van he used for work.

He said that he had been called to give his boss a lift in the van and had to clean the waste out in or­der to do that.

He ex­pressed re­morse for his ac­tions, which he freely ad­mit­ted had been wrong.

Mag­is­trates fined him £1,600 and or­dered him to pay clean up and pros­e­cu­tion costs of £706. A vic­tim sur­charge of £120 was also given, mak­ing a to­tal to pay of £2,246.

Mike Smith, chair­man of the Waste Partnership for Bucks, said: “For the sake of a bag of rub­bish, this in­di­vid­ual now has a hefty court bill and a crim­i­nal record.

“It’s a salu­tary les­son and one I hope de­ters oth­ers from sim­i­lar be­hav­iour.”

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