RAF Marham Adds New Centre on to its List of Station Charities
Bridge For Heroes, is a drop in Contact Centre based in King’s Lynn for serving, ex service and dependants, providing help and advice on a whole range of issues.
The Bridge for Heroes Charity was formed in September 2010 and in 2011 opened its Contact Centre in King’s Lynn, at the time all run and funded by volunteers.
The veterans in Norfolk alone totals 7,825, including war parents, disablement, widows, unmarried dependants and child allowance. When the serving community is added the total increases considerably, the Centre providing its services to all who seek it.
In addition, as the Centre it is the only one of its kind in the area it has found itself also serving surrounding areas of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. It delivers direct and immediate frontline support to serving, ex service and families and contains a café, museum, respite area, support area and a shop.
The Centre has proved its need many times over, not only with the original target group of the Armed Forces community (past and present) but also the local Norfolk community. The support ranges from respite breaks, pension’s advice, compensation claims, housing advice, service records, military historical research, veteran’s advice and guidance.
In one month alone it provided over 300 individual support sessions, ranging from one-to-one therapy sessions to group therapy, model making and other hobby type activities. The Centre relies almost solely on voluntary contributions and volunteers to support it and was chosen as a Station Charity because of all the valuable help and assistance it was providing the local service community.
Anybody wishing to find out more about the Centre can either call in (it is located opposite the Majestic Cinema) or contact Alice Henderson on 01553 760230 by Email: at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively more details can be found at the Centres website: www.thebridgeforheroes.org.