Put the kettle on this June for the Armed Forces

Release Date: 30 May 2017

Residents and local businesses are encouraged to put the kettle on and bake a cake for the ‘Big Brew Up’ this June, raising money for armed services charities.

National Armed Forces Week, from 19 to 25 June, is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community including troops, reservists, veterans, cadets and their families.


The SSAFA (formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) have launched the ‘Big Brew Up’ where residents and businesses are encouraged to hold tea parties and events to raise money for the charity.


The money raised will go towards important specialist services and practical, emotional and financial support to members of the Armed Forces and their families.


Cllr Lisa Blakemore, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said:


“Richmond upon Thames as had a long association with all branches of the armed forces, including home to Kneller Hall and the Poppy Factor. The SSAFA is the oldest national all-military charity.


“This special week will give us an opportunity to thank all of those who are still on active service and I hope that many people will turn the kettle on, donate a few pounds and raise awareness of this charity.”


You can download a fundraising pack. Remember to use #armedforcesweek on social media to raise awareness of the charity and your events.

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Reference: P235/17

Updated: 31 May 2017