Graham Piggott, a naval officer for 39 years 10 months is chairman of SSAFA South Ayrshire which offers lifelong support for our Forces and their families. SSAFA is a charity that does whatever it takes to get things done. They provide practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans, and their families, every day of the year. Graham said they understand that time in the Forces can have an impact, now and in the future. But the challenges everyone faces are different, so whatever the problem, they’ll find a way to solve it
The vision and drive of one man stands at the heart of the UK’s oldest Armed Forces charity. In February 1885, as the Second Expeditionary Force set sail for Egypt, Major James Gildea wrote to The Times appealing for funds and volunteers to look after families left behind. Within three months, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association was born. Since then, SSAFA have supported millions of people, and millions more are eligible for help.
Through two World Wars and every subsequent conflict involving Britain, SSAFA has been here for Britain’s servicemen and women and their families. The ability to adapt quickly to their needs is still at the heart of everything we do.