A CULTURE day has helped to break down misconceptions about the vital role of the Gurkhas in Britain’s Armed Forces.

The event, at Folkestone’s Shorncliffe Garrison, included a myth-busting session, insight into the process of becoming a Gurkha, what it’s like to be a serving soldier’s wife, how a veteran finds life in the UK and what’s going on in the Gurkha community locally.

Sheila Limbu, Gurkha services manager at SSAFA, said: “Days like this are vital to ensure that we are all are adequately educated about Gurkhas and their families – only with this level of understanding can we be confident that we are meeting the needs of these families. SSAFA and the Gurkha Welfare team are proud to work with this community to provide practical, emotional and financial support.”

The Gurkhas have been a vital part of the British military for more than 200 years and nearly half-a-million served alongside British soldiers in the First and Second World Wars. Over the years, 26 Victoria Cross medals have been awarded to Gurkha soldiers for acts of valour in the face of the enemy.  

SSAFA’s Gurkha services team provides tailored support for Gurkhas and their families who have settled in the UK, working with organisations including the Gurkha Welfare Trust, Gurkha Brigade Association and the Army Welfare Service.

SSAFA provides lifelong support to the Gurkha community and their families in times of need, as part of our support of the military. This year alone, staff and teams of volunteers have helped over 73,000 people – from World War Two veterans to those involved in more recent conflicts and their families,

To find out more, visit ssafa.org.uk

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