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The Isle of Man Branch of the UK’s oldest armed forces charity SSAFA will be out in force on the streets of Ramsey on Saturday collecting for local heroes.

SSAFA provides lifelong support for our forces and their families. Each year the charity helps around 20 to 30 people in the island and 50,000 in the UK.

Collectors will be at Ramsey between9.30am and 3.30pm All the money raised will be spent supporting members of the local military community.

Chairman of SSAFA Isle of Man Bob Clucas said: ‘These funds are vital if SSAFA is to continue to support those who have served their country and ensure that they are not disadvantaged by their service. We are finding that our cases are becoming increasingly complex with younger veterans coming forward for help in greater numbers. We offer a range of support from practical and financial assistance to emotional care and befriending.’

SSAFA was formerly known as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. It provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the forces and their families. Each year, it supports more than 90,000 people, ranging from Second World War veterans to the families of young servicemen and women wounded or killed in Afghanistan.

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