RAF Marham’s Biggest Ever Big Brew UP

In-service committee raises over £1,400 to support local community.

On Friday 7th October, the SSAFA Forces Help in-Service committee at RAF Marham hosted a Mad Hatter’s Big Brew Up Tea Party event for the local community to raise funds for the charity.  The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)- Forces Help’s annual Big Brew Up campaign takes place 3rd – 9th October, where the whole country and overseas operations are asked to organise tea parties to raise vital funds for the Armed Forces community.

Hosted by the Rainbow Centre on base, members of the local community were invited to join in the fun and raise a cuppa for the Forces. Kids were treated to an extra special affair with a tea party hosted by Alice In Wonderland where there was face painting, cake decorating, story telling and the chance to design their own ‘mad hats’.  Over 500 guests attended and made their way through bacon rolls, homemade cakes and copious amounts of tea.

The Station hosted a number of events during the week such as the Tornado Maintenance School which raised over £300 by selling their own breakfast baps; Home Alone who raised over £100 with their own event and CMS who sold cakes at their tea bar.

Caroline Henry, Chair of the in-Service committee at RAF Marham said: “Everybody’s efforts on the station during the Big Brew Up week were incredible, people really pulled out the stops. I want to send a special thank you to Dee Gent and her team from the Rainbow Centre who went above and beyond the call of duty to raise a fantastic £1,000. This money will be used locally to improve the lives of those serving here and their families. That is what SSAFA Forces Help at RAF Marham is all about.

“On the station, we have a very committed SSAFA Forces Help team which consists of Family Support Workers, Community Volunteers, the SSAFA Forces Help Committee and we have recently appointed SSAFA section point of contacts.”

There are 13 active Community Volunteers at Marham who are friendly faces offering low key practical help such as: transport to hospital, providing a listening ear, mowing the lawn or even walking the dog. The aim is to lend a hand with the ordinary things that can be so hard to deal with sometimes such as when there is an illness in the family, coping on your own with children (especially if your partner is detached out-of-area), or when new to Service life of the area.

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