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Bedford Borough Council present £1,010 TO SSAFA

On behalf of Bedford Borough, Mayor, Dave Hodgson, presented SSAFA’s Chairman, Peter Ayee, with a cheque for £1,010 recently. This was made possible due to public donations collected at last month’s hugely successful Forces Festival and Community Games charity event. The presentation took place at Borough Hall.

 

At the Forces Festival, held at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium, donations were generated as people enjoyed a range of sporting activities, music and games. Refreshments were also available as well as other activities such as face painting, fairground entertainment and sporting opportunities. The stadium provided the perfect backdrop for a spectacular celebration.

 

The event built on the promises made by the Council upon signing last year’s Armed Forces Covenant, supporting the military and ex-military personnel in our community.

 

Mayor, Dave Hodgson, said: “Not only did the event provide an opportunity for people to treat themselves to a great family day out, but it also enabled us to help make a difference to the lives of members of the armed forces and their families. We recognise those who serve our country and we are committed to supporting them.”

 

The Chairman of SSAFA Bedfordshire, Peter Ayee, said: “I am delighted to receive this cheque on several grounds. Firstly, it is gratifying to see the commitment made by Bedford Borough Council to recognising the Armed Forces people in the community, and actively leading the way in Bedfordshire. The Forces Festival was an excellent way of marking this commitment. Secondly, SSAFA, as a caseworking charity, is uniquely placed both to support forces people and their families and to work with the local authority and other agencies in doing this – in other words, to connect those people who have a need with those who can meet that need.”

 

Thanks to everyone who showed their support!

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