RAF Association Present Cheque To Alabaré

PRESS RELEASE

4th October 2013

Alabaré RAF Association Cheque Presentation

Veterans’ charity Alabaré was presented with a cheque for £5000, at the RAF Association headquarters in Cheltenham on Thursday morning (3rd October). The presentation was made by the President of the RAF Association, Air Marshal Sir Graham Anthony 'Dusty' Miller, KBE.

Alabaré are delighted by the generous donation from the RAFA, which will go directly towards their new Gloucestershire homes, which cost £65,000 a year to run. Alabaré have also received funding from other grant giving charities and individuals, such as their dedicated group of local supporters, who include the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Chris Chatterton, representatives from The Rifles, and group chairman, Simon Firth CBE.

The goal of the homes is to provide veterans with a safe place to live, in a house where all the residents have a shared history, and each person can concentrate on moving forward with their lives independently. The Alabaré teams are experienced in helping people overcome all manner of crises and will support the ex-servicemen with gaining the skills and obtaining the confidence they need to move on to their own accommodation, work and training. Residents will also benefit from a support network which they can turn to for future advice.

Quotes: 
President of the RAF Association, Air Marshal Sir 'Dusty' Miller, KBE; 
“The Cheltenham Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association is very pleased to be able to assist Alabaré in their efforts to support homeless ex-servicemen in the Gloucester area. Their work goes far beyond simply providing a roof over the heads of the homeless, and helps individuals break free from dependency and prepare themselves for the immense challenges of the job market. Our contribution meets only a small part of the need and we sincerely hope that others will also find themselves able to assist.”

Brigadier Simon Firth CBE:
“Life in the forces is very structured and disciplined, which is one of the reasons why our Armed Forces are so outstanding. However, it can also mean that some people struggle when faced with the uncertainties of independence on Civvy Street. Veterans can sometimes get stuck in a downward spiral and end up living in chaos. I really do welcome these homes which will do much to help our veterans.”

Alongside these latest homes, Alabaré already run Homes for Veterans: in Salisbury, Plymouth, Bristol, Weymouth, Gosport and Fareham, providing high to low level support for homeless or vulnerable ex-Armed Forces personnel. Since the scheme started in 2009, the charity has helped over 210 veterans. If you or your company would like to support veterans in your community to get back on their feet, please call Alabaré on 01722 322882 or visit the website: www.alabare.co.uk

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