ARMED Forces charity SSAFA has signed actor Antony Cotton as its first ever celebrity ambassador.

The soap star has been a spokesperson for the charity throughout 2015, notably for its Left Behind campaign and annual The Big Brew Up fundraiser, and has also visited SSAFA’s Norton House, in Surrey, where he met veterans undergoing treatment and rehabilitation while they learn to live with life-changing injuries.

Explaining why he accepted the role, Antony said: “I’ve seen first-hand the vital work that SSAFA does and I am truly honoured to be the charity’s first ambassador.

“Some of my closest friends are serving in the Armed Forces and I am passionate about supporting our Service men and women, veterans and their families.”

SSAFA Chief executive David Murray said that Antony has demonstrated huge commitment to the cause and a real passion for the charity’s work, adding: “He has close friends who are currently serving, as well as some who are mothers who have lost sons during recent conflicts.

“He fundamentally understands the work SSAFA does to support British Armed Forces, veterans and their families and we are hugely proud to announce him as our first celebrity ambassador.”

To find out more about SSAFA’s work, visit www.ssafa.org.uk

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