The Naafi “club” proves local veterans with the opportunity to carry out a wide range of activities in the local and further afield areas of Sefton.
Wednesday was a busy day for us at the NAAFI BREAK, once again Erick did a stirling job helping out in the kitchen,the tea and coffee flew out of the door.
There was a short medal presentation by Ian from Crosby Royal British Legion to one of our members Kev.
Good news in that we have now purchased a mini bus, this will enable our Veterans to get out and about more. Previously we have had to rely on the good will of our volunteers to pick up and transport our Veterans to our various venues around Merseyside.
Talking of getting out and about more it has been proposed that we now extend our three weekly NAAFI BREAKs to five.
Monday will be at The Crosby Royal Britsh Legion at Endbutt Lane, Waterloo.
Tuesday at our Southport NAAFI Break.
Wednesday at our HQ venue at the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre , Bootle.
Thursday at our One Stop Drop in Shop in the Strand by Me Shop, Bootle, New Strand.
Friday for our Senior members at The Crescent Court, Seaforth .
Of course these venues aren’t set in stone, now that we have our own mini bus we can plan for trips to more exotic locations…….
Veterans in Sefton would like to say a great big thank you to the boys and girls from The National Citizens Service who took part in a sponsored walk to help raise the money needed towards the purchase of our new mini bus. Calling themselves Venturous Veterans they managed to raise £100 towards the cost of the mini bus but more than that their endeavour got Veterans in Sefton a mention in the CHAMPION newspaper raising awareness of the work that Veterans in Sefton carries out.
We also got a mention in an article about Andy Grant a former Royal Marine, Andy along with Sefton Council are trying to raise awareness of the much needed support for our Sefton Veterans. There are over 27 thousand former armed forces personnel under the age of 65 living in Sefton. Sefton Council mentioned Veterans in Sefton as one of the organisations offering support towards those veterans.
Three events coming up next year that you may want to put in your diary.
In March we are organizing a fund raising canoe trip along the length of the Leeds to Liverpool canal. Setting off from Leeds it is planned to complete the journey in 5 days ending up here in Liverpool.
In September there is another fund raiser in a Coast to Coast walk from the Lake District to Robin Hoods Bay, North York Moors National Park, five miles south of Whitby.
Also in March we are planning a Battlefield tour of Normandy.
For more information on any of these events please contact our CEO Dave Smith.
The NAAFI BREAK closed at 1230 with Dave Smith hinting of a mysterious award ceremony next Wednesday, if like me you want to find out more then you will have to come along for a brew and cakes.
Friday’s SENIOR MEMBERS NAAFI BREAK at Crescent Court was a fun affair as Steve Calderbank regaled us with jokes and stories from his experiences on minesweepers during his service in the Royal Navy.
Other the coming months the Naafi club will be carrying other activities so watch this space.