Reservists Help the Bridge for Heroes
Members of 2620 Sqn have worked hard to raise money for local charities and this year, as well as working with the King’s Lynn branches of the RAF Association and the Royal British Legion, volunteers have been collecting for The Bridge for Heroes charity.
Founded by Royal Tank Regiment veteran Mike Taylor in 2010, the charity provides care and support to service personnel and veterans from the British Armed Forces, by offering respite opportunities, group activities, advice and the chance to visit their new drop-in centre in the heart of King’s Lynn. The centre is a model for future Bridge for Heroes ventures in other towns across the region and combines a membership free meeting place with a charity shop and gift shop, alongside a museum of militaria donated by the growing number of visiting veterans.
Presenting a cheque for £373-53 to the charity, Flt Lt James Pettit said: ‘With most of 2620 Squadron’s Reservists living and working in the local area, it’s great for us to be able to have a connection with a charity in the heart of King’s Lynn. Just chatting with some of those who dropped into the centre today, it is obvious how popular The Bridge for Heroes has already become and how important it is to have a place where people with nothing more than a common interest in the British Armed Forces can meet.’
The focus of the charity Bridge for Heroes is primarily on mental and emotional injuries as described by their strap line – ‘wounds are not always visible’ and members of the charity work closely with other specialist agencies including Combat Stress and the Samaritans.
The drop-in centre is located in South Clough Lane, off Tower St and is open from 1000 to 1600, Tuesday to Saturday. The centre volunteers are on hand to offer advice on a wide range of issues that include applications for the veterans badge, war pension entitlement, tracing and recording family history or simply just to lend an ear. Similarly, 2620 Sqn is made up of volunteers from the local area, attracting both ex-regular service personnel as well as those with no previous military experience but all with the shared aim of wanting to serve their country. The Squadron is currently recruiting so for more information search for 2620 online or call 0800 783 1915. No previous military experience is required, as full military and specialist training will be provided. In return, as well as pay and a travelling allowance, members of the Squadron will also be eligible for an annual tax-free bonus.