The Big Brew Up

The annual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) “The Big Brew Up” was held at The Rainbow Centre on 28th September.

In consultation with The Rainbow Centre it was decided to continue with the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic celebration of all that’s British with a “Royal Garden Party.” It was great to see both staff and children dressed up for this ‘Royal’ occasion with Princesses, Princes and Knights all around. The Rainbow Centre children also joined in the fun by decorating their own fairy cakes. Undoubtedly the best seller and most popular bites of the morning were the delicious bacon rolls – which were even delivered to order on Station! The coffee and cake went down well too, and overall the morning raised an estimated £650, all of which is kept within the Marham area to help Serving personnel and their families.

We would like to offer a huge thank you to The Rainbow Centre, especially to Mrs Dee Gent and all of her staff for once again helping support SSAFA. Not only did they provide the venue but also some wonderful home baked cakes. Also thanks go to ISS for providing all of the refreshments and the Tea Urns. In addition huge thanks go to our local supermarkets; Tesco, Downham Market who generously donated over 200 fairy cakes for all of the children plus additional cakes, Waitrose, Swaffham for providing a variety of cakes and Morrisons, Downham Market for their support. Thank you also to the butchers at Swanton Morley who gave us a good deal on the meat and for Greggs in Downham Market who donated the rolls.

In addition to the main “Big Brew Up” there have been other SSAFA fund raising events over the following week, with further cake sales and money collecting at the Main Gates. Thank you to all who supported these extra events. TMS raised £219.80 from their ‘Big Breakfast’ and the gate collection made £250. Through further cake sales CMU raised £75, PSF raised £56.36, ELW and Ops Wing raised £28.70. Thank you to all those who raised and donated money and who might not be mentioned, the grand total raised was a fantastic £1279.86!

SSAFA is here to support you. If you feel the need to contact SSAFA please go through the Personal Support and Social Work Service on Woodview Road (behind the SPAR). All matters will be dealt with in strictest confidence.

If you are interested in supporting future fund raising events please contact the Chair for SSAFA – Marham In-Service Committee on Email:

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