School Goes Camo for SSAFA Forces Help

Pupils at Marham Infant School have been dressing up in camouflage to support our military past and present as part of this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The special uniform day held on Friday, 29th June raised awareness for the military charity SSAFA Forces Help, also known as The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

The teachers and pupils took part in a wealth of activities, supported by personnel from RAF Marham, which helped them understand the work of the RAF.

Children were treated to demonstrations from the Survival Equipment Section (SES), the Fire Section and the Regiment to name but a few. (SES) kicked off the proceedings with an interesting demonstration of a Single Seat Life Raft which one child inflated. Pupils also enjoyed trying on a flying helmet and inflating a Life Saving Jacket.

Following the Survival Equipment demonstration visiting Cadets from Queen Ethelburga’s Combined Cadet Force and Central & East Yorkshire Wing Air Training Corps joined forces to teach the school children how to march, an activity everyone clearly enjoyed! This was followed by the tables being turned on the Cadets as RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain David Cooper, judged the Cadets Drill competition.

After a warm up with the Physical Education Officer (PEdO). The children tackled an Obstacle Course with great gusto. Some big kids had a go too and got caught in the Camo net – including Caroline Henry (Chair of SSAFA Forces Help In-Service Committee at RAF Marham), Karen Rapson (Deputy Chair of SSAFA Forces Help In-Service Committee at RAF Marham) and Liz Smith (SSAFA Forces Help Personal & Family Support Worker at RAF Marham).

After the demonstrations, a coffee morning was held where parents got a chance to find out more about SSAFA Forces Help and how they support those who are currently serving or have served, as well as their families at RAF Marham. Camo Day also helped the children mark Armed Forces Day that occurred on Saturday 30th June, a National day of celebration for the on-going contribution of our Armed Forces.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help is the National charity for those who serve in our Armed Forces, those who used to serve, and the families of both. Each year their network of 7,500 volunteers provide practical support and assistance to more than 50,000 people, ranging from D-Day veterans to young soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.

For further information please contact Caroline Henry, SSAFA Forces Help Chair of RAF Marham In-Service Committee on 07876 481813, Email: isc_marham@ssafa.org.uk or visit www.ssafa.org.uk.

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